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The new drug law in UAE no longer considers deportation as a mandatory consequence for residents formerly convicted of personal drug use and possession.
With the law not stating that the offender has to be still in the UAE, former drug convicts who have been deported can now submit an appeal to return to the UAE.
First-time drug offenders can be referred to rehabilitation instead of a prison term and their pleas can be more likely approved if they have no criminal record.
The former convicts must hire a lawyer based in the country to file the appeal to the public prosecution on their behalf.
The lawyer must present documents of strong justification of why the deportation order must be cancelled or removed and why the new law is more applicable in their case and the court can then reconsider its verdict or ease the penalty.
Emirati lawyer Mohammed Al Redha sees these new changes as hope for families to reunite, treat first-time offenders as patients who need treatment, and provide former convicts another chance to improve their lives. KSO/Expat Media
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