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Grooverider gets 4 years in jail!


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Dubai jails Grooverider on drugs charge
Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:07pm GMT

By Lin Noueihed

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Dubai court sentenced DJ Raymond Bingham, better known as Grooverider, to four years in jail on Tuesday, three months after he was caught in possession of marijuana.

The 40-year-old disc jockey was arrested at Dubai airport on November 23 when customs officials found a transparent bag containing 2.16 grams of marijuana in his luggage.

Grooverider, who co-hosts a weekly "drum and bass" music show on BBC Radio 1 with fellow DJ Fabio, was not in court for sentencing. He remains in custody and has two weeks to appeal.

Dubai, one of the seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates federation, has a zero tolerance drug policy.

Under UAE law, drug trafficking carries a sentence ranging from four years jail to death, though executions are rare. Foreigners convicted of bringing drugs into the Gulf trade and tourism hub normally face jail terms followed by deportation.

Bingham began his career on pirate radio and was key to the development of "drum and bass" dance music in the 1990s.

The Briton, who flew to Dubai to play a set at a top nightclub, had previously said he was not aware the drug was in his luggage and had no intention of smuggling into Dubai.

"This is the minimum that you get by law but we will do our best, especially since he confessed and has cooperated with the authorities," defence lawyer Mohammed Suweidi told Reuters.

Dubai, the Gulf's trade and tourism hub, is home to a large expatriate community and is known as the glitzy nightlife capital of a conservative Muslim region.

The head of Fair Trials International, a charity that works for fair trials of people held outside their home country, said the UAE authorities were using highly sensitive equipment capable of detecting minute traces of drugs on visitors.

"We have seen a steep increase in such cases over the last 18 months," Fair Trials International Chief Executive Catherine Wolthuizen said.

"With the UAE becoming one of the most popular tourist and transit destinations in the world ... travellers need to know the risks they face if they are not completely clean," she said.

High-profile drugs cases in the UAE have included U.S. music producer Dallas Austin, who has worked with Michael Jackson and Madonna. He was given a four year jail term for possessing cocaine and other drugs.

One of Bingham's lawyers, Mohammad al-Reda, helped Austin secure a pardon for in 2006.
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^ everyone knows he was arrested but the sentence just happened today/yesterday.

According to DJ SS who has been in touch with him, the Freakout party at the Docks last October was one of his last sets ever. They are working on getting him out early but it does not look promising.

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Dubai has a zero tolerance policy regarding dope, of any kind.
( would you try and bring some weed into a place where the possible penalty would be death ? ).
4 years does seem too much, but at least he still has a pulse.
his excuse of not knowing the weed was in his luggage shows the courts he really doesn't care. ( wasn't the weed in his pants pocket ? ).
if he plead guilty, he may not have received such a harsh penalty.
dissing their policies didn't help either.


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\don't blame the UAE if you don't like their laws kids. just don't go there with a pocket full of crap UK weed. trust me - they have way better shit there already. isn't it all just soooooo sad and unjustified....... LOL!
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dont expect to see him even if he gets the appeal. He will now be on every watch list and deny entry list everywhere when he gets out. Meaning realistically the next time you will see him in Toronto you will have kids old enough to go to the party.


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wouldn't be so sure about that... it's very easy for someone with "celebrity" status who has a criminal record to get into Canada to work. I'm sure we can all think of a few "musicians" of the top of our heads who have been able to come in for shows despite criminal records ranging from drugs, to firearms offence to other violent crimes. I can think of a few DJs to who have had problems and recently got it worked out.


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There are lots of places that handle visa applications for celebrities. I worked for an immigration law firm that handled these for a while. Was interesting to see the people walking in.
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