(ANSA-AFP) – JERUSALEM, 10 JUL – A court in the United Arab Emirates has commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment for an Arab-Israeli photographer. This was announced by her Israeli lawyer Tami Ullmann. Fidaa Kiwan, 43, was arrested in Dubai last year. In April, she was sentenced to death for possessing 50 grams of cocaine and half a kilogram of marijuana. The defense team is considering whether to appeal the new sentence, which in the United Arab Emirates is equivalent to actual 25 years in prison.
Kiwan’s family claimed the drug did not belong to her and her brother told Israeli public broadcaster Kan that Fidaa had been beaten to make her confess.
Israel and the UAE reached a normalization agreement in 2020, as part of a series of agreements promoted by the United States and known as the Abrahamic Agreements.