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#1 taxexile

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Posted 2008-02-20 07:44:25

please read the (long) list of banned medications at the end of the article.

even carrying actifed cold relief tablets could lead to a jail term.


Charity issues urgent warning to all travellers to UAE after Briton is imprisoned for 4 years


February 7 2008

Charity issues urgent warning to all travellers to United Arab Emirates after Briton imprisoned for 4 years for 0.003g cannabis caught in the tread of his shoe


Poppy seeds in food, common over-the-counter medications and traces of banned substances enough to attract 4 year prison sentence after clampdown

The legal charity which assists those facing trial abroad has issued an urgent warning to all travellers to or through Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) generally to ensure they are completely free of any substances prohibited by that country.

The warning comes after Fair Trials International learnt this week that one of its clients, 43-year-old Middlesex man Keith Andrew Brown, has been sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment after 0.003g of cannabis was found in the tread of his shoe by customs officials in Dubai during transit from Ethiopia to London last September. This amount would not be visible to the naked eye, and weighs less than a single grain of sugar.

"We have seen a steep increase in such cases over the last 18 months. Customs authorities are using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct extremely thorough searches on travellers and if they find any amount – no matter how minute – it will be enough to attract a mandatory 4 year prison sentence," said Fair Trials International Chief Executive Catherine Wolthuizen.

"Moreover, the list of banned substances in UAE includes many medications available over-the-counter in other countries, such as codeine – a common ingredient in pain relief and cold-and-flu medication, as well as poppy seeds – a common baking ingredient.

"What many travellers may not realise is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or even in tiny, trace amounts on their person. We even have reports of the imprisonment of a Swiss man for 'possession' of 3 poppy seeds on his clothing after he ate a bread roll at Heathrow.

"With UAE becoming one of the most popular tourist and transit destinations in the world – in part due to extensive marketing of its beaches and shops – travellers need to know the risks they face if they are not completely clean of any banned substance or do not have a prescription for any medication they are carrying.

"For this reason, we have today published a comprehensive list of banned pharmaceuticals on our website and urge travellers to check any medication they may be carrying, and ensure their clothing is completely free of any banned substance before they fly," concluded Ms Wolthuizen.

For comment, contact Catherine Wolthuizen on 07846 472 923 or 020 7762 6400

For the list of banned pharmaceuticals, please click here

Some recent cases handled by Fair Trials International:

Keith Andrew Brown
43 years old from Middlesex. Arrested on 17 September 2007 at Dubai airport, enroute to London from Ethiopia. He and his wife were stopped and searched at the airport and nothing was found. Then the stub of a roll-up cigarette was seen on the sole of his shoe. He was charged with possession of 0.003g of cannabis and was this month sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment. He is waiting for an opportunity to seek clemency.

Robert Dalton, 25 from Kent
Robert travelled to Dubai on 13 November 2007 for a holiday after finishing his economics degree. He was stopped and searched at the airport and arrested after Customs officers alleged they found 0.03g of cannabis in his pockets. He is currently on trial and if convicted, will mostly likely receive a 4 year prison sentence.

20-year old man from West Yorkshire
Arrested at Dubai airport on 16 January 2008 while travelling back to the UK from Pakistan. Currently standing trial in Dubai after Customs officers alleged they found 0.02g cannabis in his pocket.

London man, in his 40s
Arrested on 7 May 2007 at Dubai airport on his honeymoon. Customs officials found 2g of cannabis in the pocket of a pair of shorts in his suitcase. He had forgotten it was there. He was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment but was granted amnesty in Ramadan and released in October 2007.

33 year-old London man
Was arrested at Dubai airport on 14 May 2007 after travelling to UAE on business. Customs officials found 2g of cannabis in his pocket. He had forgotten it was there. He was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment, but granted clemency and released in October 2007.

Tracy Wilkinson, 45 of West Sussex
Arrested at Dubai airport in 2005 for possession of codeine, a common pain relief medication, which she had been using to ease chronic back pain. She was held in custody for 8 weeks before officials accepted proof from her doctor of its use for prescribed medical purposes only.

Other reported cases

A Swiss national currently serving 4 years after 3 poppy seeds were found on his clothes by customs officials at Dubai airport. He had bought and eaten a bread roll at Heathrow before flying to UAE.

19 French nationals have been arrested in the past 18 months for possession of banned substances.

In June 2007, a 24 year-old Italian man was sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment after 0.01g of cannabis was found in his jacket pocket.


List of controlled pharmaceutical substances in UAE
February 07 2008 **STOP PRESS: Fair Trials International has located a second list of controlled substances .

Once you are at the site of the Ministry of Health of UAE, please click on the drop-down "Go to" menu in the top right-hand corner of the page and then on "Approved Drugs List"**


UAE has a very strict, zero-tolerance anti-drugs policy. If you can get by without medication, it is safest to leave it at home if you are travelling to or through UAE.

While many other countries also apply controls to the following drugs, UAE is unusual in conducting extremely thorough searches of many travellers through its airports, with highly sensitive equipment.

If you must take medication, make sure:
1. It is not on the banned 'Narcotics' list;
2. You have a prescription for it – even if you bought it over-the-counter.

Key
• UAE has identified a group of drugs with the potential to lead to addiction if not controlled. These are listed in Schedules to the Federal Law No 14 of 1995, and the medicines which come under this classification are divided into the following categories.
• How a drug will be treated, and the penalties for possession will depend on its classification.
• In certain cases, UAE will take a stricter view of a drug than other countries might do. In some cases, such as antidepressants, this is because the UAE authorities have deemed it to be an addiction risk and have classified the drug as a narcotic, where other countries might treat it as a psychotropic. In others, UAE will impose controls on a drug because of its purpose, as in the case of drugs which can be used to bring about an abortion.

Narcotics
• These are Controlled substances under Schedules 1-6 of the UAE Federal Law 14 of 1995.
• They may not be imported into UAE. Possession of these drugs, with or without a prescription, may lead to a prison sentence.
• In addition to the medications listed below, this category includes cannabis, cocaine and opiates, from heroin to poppy seeds (the kind used in everyday baking).

Controlled Drugs Class A - Psychotropics
• These are drugs for which a prescription must be held. The more verifying paperwork from the authorising doctor which can accompany any drug in this category, the better. In UAE, they can only be dispensed upon production of a registered (health authority-approved) prescription.
• They include some common sleeping tablets, painkillers, anti-depressants and hormone replacement therapy

Controlled Drugs Class B – Controlled medicines
• Possession of these drugs must be accompanied by a prescription. Many of these drugs are available over-the-counter in other countries and travellers to or through UAE should ensure they obtain a prescription before carrying any of these drugs to that country.
• They include many common cold and cough remedies

From the General Authority for Health Services Guide to the Management of Controlled Drugs in the Private Sector, March 2007

This is the most recent, comprehensive list of controlled pharmaceuticals we have been able to find. The UAE does not publicise this list on any of its diplomatic or ministerial websites. We have written to the UAE Ambassador and Customs Minister asking them to do so, so that travellers can be better prepared before flying to that country.

While every effort has been made to verify the contents of this list, where in doubt, we advise travellers to check their medication with the UAE consulate before travel.

Narcotic (Active ingredients)

Alfentanil
Amphetamine
Buprenorphone
Codeine
Fentanyl
Ketamine
Methadone
Methyphenidate
Morphine
Pentazocine
Pethidine
Remifentanil
Sufentanil


Controlled Drug Class A - Psychotropics (Active ingredients)


Acitretin
Alprazolam
Aripiprazole
Bromazepam
Buprenorphine 200 (microgram tablets and 500 microgram injection)
Butorphanol
Chlopromazine
Chlordiazepoxide
Clobazam
Clonazepam
Clorazepate
Diazepam
Dihydrocodeine
Droperidol
Flumazenil
Flupentixol
Fluphenazine
Haloperidol
Isotretinoin
Lorazepam
Medazepam
Mephenoxalone
Midazolam
Misoprostol
Nalbuphine
Olanzapine
Phenobarbitone
Pimozide
Prazepam
Prochlorperazine
Propofol
Prostaglandin
Quetiapine
Risperidone
Sulpiride
Sultopride
Temazepam
Thiopentone
Tiapride
Tramadol
Trfluoperazine
Zaleplon
Ziprasidone
Zolpidem
Zuclopenhtixol

Controlled Drug Class B (Active ingredients)

Amitriptyline
Baclofen
Benzhexol
Biperiden
Buspirone
Carisoprodol
Citalopram
Clomipramine
Codeine
Cyclobenzaprine
Dextromethorphan
Diphenoxylate
Dotheipin
Duloxetine
Escitalopram
Estradiol
Ethinylestradiol
Etonogestrel
Fluoxetine
Flupenthixol
Fluvoxamine
Imapramine
Isotretonin
Lithium Carbonate
Maprotiline
Menotrophin
Meserolone
Methocarbomol
Mianserin
Milnacipran
Minaprine
Mirtazapine
Moclobemide
Naltrexone
Nandrolone
Nefazodone
Norethisterone
Norethisterone
Norgetrol
Noscapine
Octreotide
Oestradiol
Opipramol
Orphenadrine
Oseltamivir
Oxazepam
Paroxetine
Pholcodine
Pimecrolimus
Procyclidine
Propoxyphene (with paracetemol
Pyrisuccideanol
Reboxetine
Sertraline
Somatrophine
Testosterone
Ticlopidine
Tizanidine
Tretinoin
Trimipramine
Vecuronium
Venlafaxine


Appendix 2 Common UAE controlled drugs (Trade names)

The following list shows some of the TRADE names of those controlled items that are registered as medicines in the UAE

Narcotics

Ketalar
Physeptone
Ritalin
Sosegon
Subutex
Ultiva

Controlled Drugs Class A - Psychotropics

Abilify
Anexate
Arthrotec
Ativan
Barnetil
Buccastem
Clopixol
Cytotec
Deanxit
Dehydrobenzperidol
Demetrin
DHC continues
Dialag
Diapam
Diprivan
Dogmatil
Dormicum
Dorsilon
Frisium
Gardinal
Genprid
Haldol
Intraval
Largactil
Lexotanil
Limbitrol
Neotigason
Nobrium
Noctran
Nubain
Orap
Prolixin
Propess
Risperdal
Rivotril
Serenace
Seroquel
Sonata
Stadol
Stelazine
Stemetil
Stesolid
Stilnox
Tekam
Temgesic
Tiapridal
Tramal
Tramundin
Tranxene
Valium
Xanax
Zaldiar
Zeldox
Zyprexa


Controlled Drugs Class B


123 Cold
Actifed Compound
Actifed DM
Activelle
Adol Cold
Adol Compound
Adumbran
Akineton
Algaphan
Anafranil
Andriol
Artane
Athymil
Aurorix
Benxtrone
Bepro
Broncholar
Broncholar forte
Bronchophane
Buspar
Cancolite
Cantor
Cipralex
Cipram
Climen
Codaphen
Codaphen plus
Codilar
Codipront
Codis
Coldex-dD
Cymbalta
Deca durabolin
Decutan
Dextrocuf
Dextrolag
Diarsed
Diaxine
Dicton
Distalgesic
Edronax
Efexor
Elidel
Estracomb
Estrofem
Faverin
Femoston
Flexiban
Flozak
Fluanxol
Flumed DM adult
Fluneurin
Fluoxone
Fluran
Flutin
Fluxetyl
Genotropin
Insidon
Intard
Ixel
Kafosed
Kemadrin
Kliogest
Lagaflex
Linz
Lioresal
Lomotil
Ludiomil
Menogen
Muscadol
Myogesic
Noracod
Norcuron
Norditropin
Norflex
Norgesic
Nuvaing
Oxetine
Paracodol
Phensedyl
Primotestone
Progyluton
Prothiaden
Proviron
Prozac
Remeron
Revacod
Rhinotussel
Riaphan
Roaccutane
Robaxin
Robaxisal
Robitussin-CF
Romilar
Saizen
Salipax
Sandostatin
Saroten
Sedofan DM
Sedofan-P
Seroxat
Serzone
Sirdalud
Somadryl compound
St Joseph cough
Sterandryl
Stivane
Surmontil
Sustanon
Tamiflu
Ticlid
Tixylix
Tofranil
Trexan
Tripofed dm
Trisequens
Tryptizol
Tuscalman
Tussifin with codeine
Unified DM
Vesanoid
Virormone
Zoloft

Edited by taxexile, 2008-02-20 07:48:26.


#2 HarryHacker

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Posted 2008-02-20 09:27:35

One more for you Taxextile.

http://news.bbc.co.u...ent/7253514.stm

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Posted 2008-02-20 09:37:23

Well, well--many, many thanks for the 'heads-up'--I have been flying Emirates Airlines for more than 10 years, with plenty of Airmiles accrued, and looks like I will never be flying again; I have passed through with prescription drugs, note legally obtained prescription-that is, and never realised what risks I was taking--even flew through there last year with my small daughter and no one else--I dread to think what could have happened--I'm astounded--my sympathies go to the poor unfortuantes who are the ones to whom we owe thanks for this wake up call--a bloody bread roll, what next?

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Posted 2008-02-20 12:28:37

Well, some coincidence but I have just seen, on BBC World, that some Rap artist, not sure what his name was, has just been given the standard 4 years for 2 gm. cannabis--got caught at airport after flying in to perform a gig at some Dubai nightclub end of 2007--bit more realistic than poppy seeds off a breadroll but still heavy going--or maybe justified--depends on one's opinion, obviously.

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Posted 2008-02-20 12:33:05

My question would be, is this only when you enter the country, or is changing planes and thus remaining in the transit areas, the same hazard?
I would guess that if you have medication in your checked luggage, and you're only transiting that there would be no danger.
Medication in your carry-on luggage should always be accompanied by prescriptions even in Europe, as far as I know. Why take the risk?

cheers

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Edited by onzestan, 2008-02-20 12:34:36.


#6 LaoPo

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Posted 2008-02-20 12:41:54

Thanks for posting Taxexile !

May I kindly but strongly suggest to all readers to inform the press of their own home countries about this monstrous risks and support them also with those links:

http://news.bbc.co.u...ews/7234786.stm

http://news.bbc.co.u...ent/7253514.stm

http://news.bbc.co.u...nds/7235467.stm

http://www.fairtrial...stances_in_uae/

The more people/travellers are aware of these 'rules' and risks, the better.

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Posted 2008-02-23 16:25:10

So im in danger by having Xanax (couple of tabs) on me transiting through Doha ??????
What about the Diazapem I buy over the counter in Pattaya ??

No prescription required.

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Posted 2008-02-23 22:51:06

So im in danger by having Xanax (couple of tabs) on me transiting through Doha ??????
What about the Diazapem I buy over the counter in Pattaya ??

No prescription required.

Chivas


Doha is in Qatar not the UAE.

You should always be careful with Diazepam, I suspect their are less strict countries out there that prohibit the import of Diazepam (especially without prescription/letter from Dr).

Off the top of my head I'm not 100% sure on the regulations in Qatar, good idea if you do some research prior to travel. Here would be a good starting point: http://www.britishem...d=1059131463992

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Posted 2008-02-25 08:16:39

So im in danger by having Xanax (couple of tabs) on me transiting through Doha ??????
What about the Diazapem I buy over the counter in Pattaya ??
No prescription required.
Chivas

Doha is in Qatar not the UAE.
You should always be careful with Diazepam, I suspect their are less strict countries out there that prohibit the import of Diazepam (especially without prescription/letter from Dr).

once in a while ClaytonSeymour gets it right. carrying Diazepam (or any tranquilizer) without prescription can cause big problems when entering the United States.

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Posted 2008-02-25 16:32:23

Tax Exile, why did you feel the need to go to all that trouble to post this topic again? Why not just ask a mod to move the previous discussion? It ought to have been in here from the start.


if you cant work it out for yourself clayton , then there is little hope for you.

but to answer your question ,

the previous topic was related to someone who was caught with cannabis grains on their shoes i think and i only made a comment on that thread , which by now has been forgotten and has disappeared deep into the old posts vault.

i'm sure there are a lot of forum members who transit through those countries on their journeys to and from thailand from europe , or who work in those countries.

if you look at the list of medications , you will see that there are a lot of very ordinary everyday medicines there , even hrt therapy and common cold remedies , on a long flight you might need to take some of that medication , it cant all go in the checked in luggage , and a lot of people buy their regular medication in thailand without a doctors prescription.

if , as the original post says , they are having a crackdown at the moment , then travellers , including those who stop there in transit , should be aware of it.

it only needs one officious customs officer having a bad day to take a dislike to your face or your shirt and pull you out of the line for a search , and the results could be terrible.

guys with forgotten joints in their pockets , like the dj , just didnt give enough thought to the journey they were taking and the country they were changing planes in , he must be kicking himself , but he he has only himself to blame.

travellers with hrt , antidepressants or distalgesic in their pockets , and there will be many , need to know about this.

the drug list at the bottom of the post should really be pinned at the top of the travel forum.

i'm sure grooverider will be all the happier for knowing he is in your thoughts.


TaxExile

A BIG THANK YOU for posting this in its own thread! I had not followed the other thread that Clayton Seymout mentioned so I would have NEVER picked this up! :o

And, I should know it as I usually fly with Emirates and ALWAYS carry medication with me - indeed I will fly with them next month. For my prefilled syringes I have a doctor's letter so that usually satisfies at Check in etc, but for other medication, I will make sure I put it in my checked luggage.

Thanks again TaxExile. :D

Edited by Andiamo, 2008-02-25 16:33:29.


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Posted 2008-02-25 16:48:52

A number of off-topic posts have been deleted. This thread is far too important to many TV members to be diluted by schoolyard spats. If you have nothing pertinent to add then please don't post.

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Posted 2008-02-29 01:37:11

Shocking! I usually fly via Dubai with Etihad and have usually got a couple of xanax on me to help on the second leg.
I never knew that could get me four years. I'd probably get less for importing Cocaine into the UK.
Looks like I'll be leaving the meds and staying awake then. :o
As for the guy that got four years for poppy seeds, thats just crazy.

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Posted 2008-02-29 08:39:33

Easiest solution. Do not transit through Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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Posted 2008-02-29 10:54:16

Most countries produce their own pharmacopoeia as well as other drug reference works. The UK also produces the British National Formulary (BNF) on a bi-annual basis; there is also the more commercial Monthly Index of Medical Specialities (MIMS) produced monthly. Please see: Index of pharmacopoeias
These list all available drugs in that particular country and detail their category - Controlled Drug, Prescription Only Medicine, Pharmacist Dispensed and General Sales List [These descriptions may vary from country to country as will the amount of 'control'] What is legal in one country may not be legal in another!
The onus is on the traveller to find out if their prescription medicine is legal in the country they are travelling to or transiting through.
On one of the UAE sites - UAE London site The opening page has on its front page a "Travellers with Medications" 'click-on' as the main item. Most countries offer travel advice to other countries and on the British governments site under UAE we see "The UAE prohibits certain UK medicines from entering the country. You will not be permitted to take these in, even with a prescription. Additionally, some over the counter medicines, such as Codeine, are illegal in the UAE without a doctor's prescription. In some cases you will be allowed to take these medicines in providing they are in their original packaging and, in addition to the prescription, you provide a note from your GP outlining what the medicine is required for and what quantity is required for the duration of your stay. You should contact UAE Representation in the UK to ascertain which category your medication comes into." Travel advice
From the OP - "Some recent cases handled by Fair Trials International", we see many cases involving cannabis - in how many countries is cannabis legal?
So if you are on a prescription drug, always check - if only to see if you can get a replacement in your destination country. I, or any Brit, can buy a medicine from a pharmacist legally that contains morphine but that does not make possession of it legal all over the world!

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Posted 2008-03-09 17:43:53

Absolutely stunning!

Imagine just a trace of poppy/THC in your shoe and jail for 4 years!

I will be extra careful now, because I often have a few Xanax/Codeine/Temgesic on me.

Better to leave them in LOS.

However if they caught everyone passing through Dubai the jails would be quickly full.

If it happened to me, I would do the time and then write a book (about it).

Still better forwarned. Thanks!

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Posted 2008-03-11 16:59:20

This is absolutely astonishing.
Surely the governments must be doing a lot more to protect its citizens from such outrageous and extreme charges. Poppy seeds and 0.2g of hash – anyone could unwittingly have that on their person, shoes etc without having anything to do whatsoever with drugs.
Also, I know the regulations vary heavily from country to country, but I’ve often through the UAE and middle east and often with a few of the seemingly very harmless drugs on the list. I never thought twice.
This regulation and its penalties is simply unreasonable and insane – Can it be that someone has the wrong end of some poohy stick ? I just cant believe that anyone with any sense of logic and level of education could possibly send someone to prison for 4 years for having something stuck to their shoe !
However – I only recently was made aware that I could get into trouble in the states if I want to carry (as I often do) a couple of my favorite Cigars with me on holiday…

Insanity is everywhere… This 0.02g and 3 poppy seeds stories take the biscuit though…

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Posted 2008-03-12 17:12:51

It seems that Cat-Le-Huy had been released from Dubai after pressure was put on Authorities there.....

http://www.phaseloop...s-dubai102.html

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Posted 2008-03-12 18:02:29

Avoid the UAE

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Posted 2008-03-16 08:21:06

On the Sky News channel last night - this was one of the lead stories. It sems the main reason that Dubai is taking such a strong stance is two-fold. Firstly to appease world powers that they are doing something serious to help stamp out the drug trade. Secondly, Dubai borders Afghanistan, which is one of the main suppliers of opiate drugs to the rest of the world.

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Posted 2008-03-16 08:49:58

Secondly, Dubai borders Afghanistan,


dubai wasnt bordering afghanistan last week , has something changed since then ??

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Posted 2008-03-16 08:55:21

Sorry about that - I must have heard wrong. According to Maps-Guide.org, UAE borders Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

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Posted 2008-03-16 09:13:22

Avoid the UAE



Seconded. :o

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Posted 2008-03-17 11:31:09

I wouldn't feel confident bringing loperamide into the UAE after reading this.

Factually speaking loperamide is a powerful opiate drug. We all know it better as 'immodium.'

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Posted 2008-03-17 11:47:48

Can someone please reply to the question I posted before.
If you're only transiting then a prescription for the medicines in you're carry-on is all you need isn't it?

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Posted 2008-03-17 18:05:18

This is the online report of an article in my local paper, all I can tell you is that the full report describes a jail horror that easily compares to the more infamous "Bangkok Hilton" or Klong Prem. And for a couple of years now I've been avoiding transit through Dubai with my Codeine tablets for several years now (prescribed for back problem but similar tabs available over the counter in the West), after a similar report of a woman being detained despite having a copy of her prescription for the same tablets.

Note this guy was originally detained for having melantonin pills which many people use for combating Jet lag and I have seen on sale at the pharmacy in Singapore Airport....not a place known for its drug tolerance!!

Lots of good airlines out there without running this risk.


Dubai prison nightmare is over for Hampstead TV executive
editorial@hamhigh.co.uk
06 March 2008
THE Hampstead TV executive facing years in a Dubai prison over drugs allegations was released yesterday.

Officials claimed to have found microscopic traces of hashish in the bag of Cat Le-Huy, 31 from Garnett Road.

But he has been freed from the Al Wathba prison where he has been held since January 26 without charge and was due to land in London today.

Campaign organiser and close friend Radha Stirling thanked the Ham&High, which first broke news of his detention on this website.

She said: "We have received an overwhelming amount of correspondence from colleagues and friends who are absolutely delighted at the positive news. We are very thankful for all of the support we have received from the worldwide press and particularly to the Ham&High for breaking the news in the first instance.

"The last few days have been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride for his family - it's a very emotional time for all.

Cat is very tired but excited to be returning to his normal life and thankful to the many people who have helped him throughout this ordeal."

Initially officials told Mr Le-Huy they were holding him for possession of legal melatonin pills in his luggage. They then claimed to have found 0.03g of hashish in his bag - less than a grain of sugar.

Anyone found in possession of drugs in Dubai is automatically jailed. However Mr Le-Huy, who is head of technology at Endemol, has had all charges against him dropped.

His girlfriend of five years Mildred Von Hildegard, 28, was flying to meet him yesterday from her American home.

She said: "I booked my flight before I knew he was being released.

"I was flying to London to sub-let his flat, sort out our things and foster the dog, but instead it looks like he'll be meeting me there. Now I just can't wait for that call from him saying he's home."

Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson has given Mr Le-Huy a free first class seat on one of his flights back to London today.

From the report I read this guy would have been happy to pedal back on a unicycle.





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