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Phuket Taxi Driver Said Illegal Drug Was Love Potion,Tourist Tells Patong Police

Saturday, October 5, 2013
PHUKET: A tourist from Dubai told Patong police yesterday that he didn't know he was carrying an illegal drug in his pocket when he was pulled over at a checkpoint.

The eyes of Rashid Abdlhkeem, 26, welled up as he insisted to an officer: ''I didn't know it was drugs. I bought it from a taxi driver.

''He told me it was good for sex, but he did not mention that it was illegal.''

Mr Rashid pleaded with the officer to let him go so he could return to his 19-year-old wife, who was now left in a Phuket resort on her own.

As the alleged offence involves 0.5 grams of the illegal drug ya ice, Mr Rashid has to go before Phuket Provincial Court in Phuket City before an application for bail can be heard.

''I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do anything like that,'' the holidaying security guard told an officer at Kathu Police Station after his arrest at 4am on Thursday. ''I just wanted to have fun with my wife.''

Mr Rashid said he was prepared to surrended his passport, but he suffered from back pain and headaches and was unwilling to spend time in a poorly equipped cell.

He said he needed a lawyer. Mr Rashid is due to appear in court today.

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Do to him what he would have done to him in his own country.
Many people have been arrested and jailed for Valium and traces of pot on their clothes/bags while just passing through airport transit in Dubai.
Muslims must realize they cannot get away with everything including hypocrisy

Posted by hulkster on October 5, 2013 10:01

Editor Comment:

The laws in Dubai do not reflect the wishes of all Muslims, hulkster. Why bring religion into it? You seem happy enough to sit alongside Muslims and watch Muslims play football on Phuket, where one third of citizens are Muslims.

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Hulkster is right. Its about time that other countries enforce laws similar to those in countries of visitors so that they can get a taste of their own medicine. Arabs come to Thailand for what? certainly NOT to enjoy Thai culture and visit temples yet they partake in activities that are "Haram" in their own countries...some punishable by death. However when they get back to their sand box they revert back to the mindless flock and when an expat gets caught doing something haram its "off with their head"! P**** em...they should never be allowed to visit Thailand considering how they treat Thais in their own country. I lived in the ME for years so this is not an uninformed comment.
Tom

Posted by Tom on October 5, 2013 12:54

Editor Comment:

Hulkster is wrong, and so are you. Most people aren't into Islamophobia, especially in this part of Thailand. People here mix with great tolerance and your background or your religion is unimportant. But it does seem that you can live places for a long time without learning anything, merely reinforcing your own prejudice, Tom. Hatred and bigotry is not needed here, or in any country. And you are part of that problem. Madonna is smarter: ''As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn't agree more.''
The problem is not being a member of any religion, but being a radical. And your comment shows you to be a radical.

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the fella is lucky in a way, had he taken the drug he would have been in a whole world of trouble
saw an aussie last year that had taken something , not a pleasant sight

Posted by ayjay on October 5, 2013 20:07

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ED: well obviously your opinion is yet again correct,and mine the ravings of a bigoted imbecile is negliable? I'd like to see how your friend Yaman ( or any other moderate) would react to an intellectual discussion about the Koran. That would be interesting. I'm no bigot and certainly no radical, i've just experienced life in these places and any impression that has been made on me has been made is of THEIR doing. I give everyone a fair shake...i assure you that cannot be said for the majority of people in Arab countries. Just a fact of life..nothing can be done about it. Go to Saudi Arabia for a few years and we shall see if your attitide changes. One view of "chop-chop square" is all it takes.
Tom

Posted by Tom on October 6, 2013 12:16

Editor Comment:

Yaman is Madonna's friend, Tom, not mine. if you see the harm caused by radicalism in others ("chop-chop square") then continue to espouse an eye for an eye yourself, you are clearly no better than them. The original reference was to ''Muslims'' not to ME countries. And you have used the words ''bigoted imbecile,'' not me. But if that helps you to understand how easily the truth can be distorted and to see what the real problem is, that's no bad thing. The truth is, not all Muslims are radicals, and certainly not the ones watching the football with huckster. Best to treat people as individuals and not condemn all people because of their religion. The real evil is radicalism.


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