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Two Britons Receive Life Sentences

May 20, 2001

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Two British women charged in a drug case were sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates Sunday, and a British man received a 10-year sentence.

Anne Kidd, 32, and Anna Hamilton, 22, were sentenced to life in prison and Daniel Mallouf, 28, was sentenced to 10 years. Kidd was convicted of using and distributing drugs and Hamilton of ``using, trafficking and importing drugs into the Emirates. Each was also ordered to pay $13,600.

Mallouf was convicted of ``intent to traffic″ in drugs.

Abdul Hamid Dandashi, 25, a Lebanese man tried in the same case, was given a four-year jail term for drug use.

All four can appeal their convictions.

The cases against three other defendants _ two Britons and an Australian _ were transferred to Dubai, another of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Prisoners sentenced to life in the Emirates are typically paroled after 25 years.

Gulf countries, including the Emirates, do not tolerate drug possession even in small quantities. Under a 1995 law, drug traffickers in the Emirates face the death penalty. However, no executions on drug trafficking charges are known to have taken place.

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