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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Dubai Prison Ordeal Woman Flies Home

James Tapsfield

A British woman who spent two months in a Dubai prison after being found with traces of prescription drugs in her body will return home today.

Tracy Wilkinson was due to arrive at Heathrow airport this morning.

The 44-year-old, from Balcombe in West Sussex, was acquitted of any wrongdoing by a Dubai court on Sunday, after it emerged she may have been administered the drugs by a police doctor.

The painkiller codeine and the sedative tamazepam – both illegal in the United Arab Emirates – were found in her urine when she was arrested at Dubai airport for an irregularity on her passport.

The mother-of-two faced a possible four years in prison after she was arrested on March 5.

Ms Wilkinson took the drugs before she flew to the UAE after being prescribed them by her GP in Britain, and he provided the Dubai authorities with written evidence to that effect several weeks ago.

But during the Dubai court hearing, official medical records revealed she was also administered the drugs by a police doctor at Dubai airport before she gave the urine sample.

Mrs Wilkinson spent nearly eight weeks in prison before being released on bail on April 30.


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