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DUBAI – An Egyptian woman will get a fresh trial on the case of possessing 1,124 sex toys and pornographic materials in Dubai.
The Cassation Court on Monday ordered a fresh trial for the woman at the Appeal Court.
Police arrested the woman, 31, in a sting operation in January, with an informant posing as a buyer.
The informant agreed to buy a sex doll for Dh400 from the woman, who was caught in the act of selling the banned item.
Police also raided the woman’s apartment and seized hundreds of sex toys, pornographic materials and sex enhancement products.
Police said the woman promoted the items for sale on WhatsApp and Facebook. Her case was referred to prosecutors who accused her of possessing and promoting pornographic items.
The woman had told police that she acquired the items through a Chinese woman. She also said that the items were for her personal use.
She was first found guilty at a trial at the Misdemeanour Court and fined Dh5,000. She filed an appeal to seek an acquittal, while prosecutors asked the court for a tougher sentence.
The case was sent to the court of appeals, and the woman was sentenced to one month in jail followed by deportation.
She filed a final appeal at the Cassation Court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her lawyer reiterated that the items found in her possession were for her personal use, and also argued that the seizure of the items from her residence was illegal. The court this week ordered a retrial. JHQ/Expat Media
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