UAE court gives Israeli woman life imprisonment for drug offense after death sentence struck down

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

An Israeli woman has been sentenced to life in prison in Dubai, her defense team announces after her death penalty sentence for possession of an illegal substance was overturned by an appeals court last week.

Fidaa Kiwan was sentenced to death in April after she was convicted of the drug charge but the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court canceled the punishment, a decision her lawyers Shadi Saruji and Tami Ullman called “a humane decision, and a right one.”

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. She has claimed that the cocaine was not hers.

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