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UAE hangs Israeli woman for possessing cocaine

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An Israeli woman has been sentenced to death by a UAE court after being found guilty of possessing 500 grams of cocaine. The woman has been named by Israeli media. Fida Keewan, 43, is appealing against the sentence.

In a statement, Israel’s foreign ministry said the matter was known and was being handled by the consular service and its representatives in the emirate. He declined to comment further.

Israeli media reported that Kiwan, who owns a photography studio in Haifa, northern Israel, had come to Dubai about a year ago for work. He was arrested a week after police found cocaine in his apartment. Kievan reportedly claimed the drugs were not his.

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CNN has contacted the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.
The death penalty is rare in the United Arab Emirates. Ziv Egmon, an Israeli lawyer specializing in Emirati law who was not involved in the case, told CNN he expects UAE courts to change the sentence. He said there is no formal indigenous agreement between the UAE and Israel.

The establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE as part of the Abrahamic Agreement signed in 2020 has led to an increase in the number of Israeli visitors to the UAE. They are not all tourists and businessmen. Our Dubai office has seen an increase in criminal cases involving Israeli citizens. Agmo said Israelis need to understand that legal authorities in Dubai take drug cases seriously.

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