First appeal hearing held for Israeli sentenced to death in UAE

Fidaa Kiwan. (Courtesy)
Fidaa Kiwan. (Courtesy)

An attorney for the Israeli woman sentenced to death on drug charges in the United Arab Emirates says the first appeal hearing was held in the UAE today, and the case was postponed until next year.

In a video message published by the Kan public broadcaster, Ahmed Almazrouei, an attorney for Israeli Fidaa Kiwan, says he appeared in court today alongside her.

“Today was our first hearing for the appeal,” says Almazrouei, adding that the court has now “postponed the case to next year.”

The attorney says that he is working on “a new strategy” for Kiwan’s defense, and “hopefully the sentence of death will be canceled.” He noted that under UAE law, the death sentence will be frozen as the appeals process is carried out.

Kiwan was sentenced to death last month in Dubai after she was convicted of possessing half a kilogram of cocaine.

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