Frej appeals to UAE FM to block death sentence of Israeli convicted on drug offense

Fidaa Kiwan (courtesy)
Fidaa Kiwan (courtesy)

Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej has passed along a letter to UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Zayed asking him to intervene to prevent the death sentence of an Israeli citizen convicted of possessing half a kilogram of cocaine.

Fidaa Kiwan, a 43-year-old Haifa resident who owns a photography studio, reportedly came to Dubai for work at the invitation of a Palestinian acquaintance a year ago. She was arrested a short while later, on March 17, 2021, after a search of her apartment turned up the drugs, the Ynet news site reported. She has claimed that the drugs were not hers, and her local lawyer is expected to appeal the conviction handed down last month.

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