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Brit jailed for 9 years for carrying drugs worth £3 in UAE

A British student, who claims he was tortured by police after being arrested in the United Arab Emirates, has been jailed for nine years for possessing cocaine worth £3.

Ahmad Zeidan, 20, from Berkshire, claims he was tortured into signing a confession after being arrested in December.

Ahmad Zeidan, 20, claims he was tortured into signing a confession Credit: Reprieve

"I was made to sign documents in Arabic, a language which I cannot not read nor write. I now understand that I am being charged with possession of a narcotic substance with the intention to traffic," Mr Zeidan said in a statement.

Kate Higham, an investigator with the legal charity Reprieve, described the conviction at a hearing in Dubai as "the result of a shockingly flawed trial process.""The UAE must urgently reconsider Ahmad's case, while the British government must do all it can to push for his release," she said.

Mr Zeidan claims he was held incommunicado for several days when he was hooded, beaten, and threatened with rape.

The drugs - 0.04g of cocaine with a British street value of about £3 - were found in a bag in a glove compartment.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware that a British National has received a custodial sentence in the United Arab Emirates. We are providing consular assistance."