Pakistani jailed in Dubai for smuggling heroin hidden in bags containing copies of Quran



A Dubai court jailed a Pakistani for 15 years for smuggling heroin concealed in bags containing copies of the Quran, prayer mats and other religious paraphernalia, a report said Wednesday.

The 30-year-old man, identified only by his initials M.T., was convicted for possessing 24 kilogrammes of heroin that was stashed in five bags with hidden compartments, the Gulf News daily said.

“When we opened the bags, we found prayer mats, rosary beads and copies of the Quran along with food and the drugs,” a Dubai International Airport customs inspector was quoted as saying.

The defendant was fined 200,000 dirhams ($54,500) and will be deported after serving his sentence, the report said. He has 15 days to appeal the ruling by the Dubai court of first instance.

Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, has strict drug laws. Trafficking in illegal narcotics is punishable by death, although the sentences are often commuted to life imprisonment.

Drug possession without the intent to “promote” the narcotics carries lighter penalties.


  1. Why isn’t this Blasphemy?
    Just because he is a Muslim, he gets away with his life?
    How much more insulting can you get than keeping Narcotics along with the holy book?
    My point is In many ways the Muslim society is hypocritical.
    If an Infidel has done this there would be a death sentence without appeal.
    There still might be because the accused is a Paki and therefore dispensable, but duplicity in their society is evident.

  2. Fanatics can go at any extent to achieveve the target..It is a blasphemy act & can do only abnormal,however law is equal for all in Dubai either criminal is mulim or infidel.

  3. Only 15yrs??? This man's hands and legs should be chopped off, blind him, deaf him and slit his tongue and then leave him in a jungle.

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