Dubai Jails British Man with Bit of Marijuana on Shoe

Scott Simon notes the plight of a British citizen who has been sentenced to four years in prison in Dubai for having a microscopic amount of marijuana on the bottom of his shoe.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

Be careful where you tread this week the London Daily Mail reported on the plight of Keith Brown. Mr. Brown, a youth development in Britain is in prison in Dubai, because while changing planes there, custom officials found a spec of marijuana smaller than a grain of sugar, stuck to one of his shoes. Imagine what might have happened if they ever took a look at Keith Richards' shoes. Keith Brown has a family back in Britain. He's been given a mandatory four year sentence. International human rights officials say that authorities in Dubai have been cracking down on travelers.

One man from Switzerland has been jailed because they found three poppy seeds on his clothing from a bread roll that he ate in Heathrow. What if he'd had a sesame bagel with cream cheese? The head of Fair Trials International warrants that customs authorities in Dubai will even test a traveler's blood or urine and put them in prison if they find a tiny trace amount of anything they consider a dangerous substance. So quit complaining about having to take off your shoes.

(Soundbite of music)

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.