Dubai — A UAE court has sentenced an Israeli woman to death after being found in possession of 500 grams of cocaine. The 43-year-old Fidaa Kiwan, as reported by Israeli media, is appealing the sentence.
The Foreign Ministry of Israel said: “The case is known. We are handling it through our consular service and our representatives in the Emirates.” It declined further comments.
Israeli media has reported that Kiwan owns a photography studio in Haifa in Northern Israel; and came to Dubai for work about a year ago.
The police arrested the Israeli woman a week after the cocaine found was in her apartment. Kiwan reportedly claimed the drugs weren’t hers.
UAE seldom carries out Death sentences.
There has been a surge in Israeli visitors to the UAE ever since establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE.
Not all visitors have been tourists and businesspeople. “Our Dubai office noticed a rise in criminal cases that Israeli citizens are part of,” said Ziv Agmon, an Israeli lawyer specializing in Emirati law. “Israelis have to understand that the legal authorities in Dubai treat drug cases seriously.”