Pubdate: Tue, 13 Mar 2001
Source: BBC News (UK Web)
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DRUG CHARGE BRITONS FACE DEATH PENALTY

Five Britons are due to go on trial to face drugs charges in the United 
Arab Emirates (UAE). Three of them, charged with importing drugs, face the 
death penalty if found guilty.

The Britons are being tried as a group with an Australian woman and a 
Lebanese man.

Together they face a variety of allegations including importing, possessing 
and using cocaine and hashish.

The case is being heard in the Sharia court in the traditional and 
conservative emirate of Ras al Khaimah, where the accused have been held in 
prison since their arrest in Dubai in November.

Anna Bartlett, 22, from Southend on Sea, Essex, admits importing cocaine 
and hashish but denies any intent to use, sell or trade them.

Fellow Briton Stacy Simpson, 28, and his girlfriend Anne Kidd, 32, both 
from Leeds, deny collaborating with Ms Bartlett to import cocaine and hashish.

He also denies possessing, selling and using cocaine, hashish and other 
tablets.

Ms Kidd also denies possessing and using cocaine, methadone and morphine.

Katherine Jenkins, 29, from South Wales, an Emirates airline stewardess, 
from Neath, south Wales, denies possessing cocaine.

Australian defendant, Heidi Dabour also denies the charges of cocaine 
possession and use against her.

The fifth Briton, Daniel Maalouf, 28, a Londoner of Lebanese origin, admits 
using hashish but denies possessing and selling hashish and cocaine.

Lebanese national Abdul Hamid Dandashi, 25, also denies charges of using drugs.

Three judges - an Egyptian and two Saudis - will preside over the case.

The trial is expected to continue for several weeks.
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