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Menna Shalabi’s appeal against her imprisonment for drug possession rejected



Menna Shalabi's appeal against her imprisonment for drug possession rejected

Today, Thursday, the Court of Cassation rejected artist Menna Shalaby’s appeal against a one-year suspended prison sentence and a £10,000 fine, based on her charge of possessing gasoline. narcotic hashish with the intention of using it.

Earlier, the North Cairo Criminal Court, held in Abbasiya, ruled against artist Menna Shalabi, accusing him of possession of narcotic substances with intent to use them. The artist, Menna Shalabi, was jailed for one year suspended and fined $10,000. pound sterling.

The North Cairo Criminal Court heard the plea of ​​lawyer Mohamed Abu Shaqa, defender of artist Menna Shalabi, accusing him of possessing the drug hashish with the intention of using it.

He explained that airport security authorities provided the prosecution with only one camera search because they only spotted his client on camera 14 entering the customs office and dropping off his luggage on the jetway. The lawyer argued that the accused had no connection with the seized items and. that what was analyzed by forensic medicine was the same as what was seized from the accused.

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The attorney proved that he had obtained the documents sent to the chemical laboratory in vain and argued that the inspection, the evidence from which it resulted, and the procedures that followed were invalid.

He pointed out that according to his client’s statements, when she returned from New York, she was arrested because of a box of women’s cosmetics, so they accused her of possession of cocaine and then prosecuted her.

Artist Menna Shalaby was absent from the first session of her trial for bringing narcotics into Cairo airport with the intention of using them, held at the North Cairo Criminal Court in Abbasiya.

Reference text by the artist Menna Shalabi

The Public Prosecutor’s Office referred Menna Shalabi to the Criminal Court following the investigation against her, where she was accused of possession of narcotic hashish essence with the intention of using it in cases other than those authorized by law.

The public prosecutor said that the list of corroborating evidence includes the testimony of 5 witnesses of the incident, the conclusions of the police investigation and what was proven by the recordings of surveillance cameras at the scene of the seizure at the Cairo International Airport, in addition to the results of the examination by the chemical laboratory of the seized objects found in its possession.

The prosecution indicated that it had completed its investigations after the arrest of Menna Shalabi by listening to the testimony of five employees of Cairo International Airport, which resulted in the examination of the accused’s luggage with a device X-ray machine while she was going through customs formalities. during which the presence of organic condensates was revealed inside the bags, so they were searched in such a way as to discover drug equipment in the bags. The accused was arrested and the drugs in her possession were seized.

The prosecution adds that it saw, on surveillance camera recordings, the accused enter the customs area and find the seized objects in his bags. The chemical laboratory report proved that the seized items contained two narcotic substances, namely hashish and hemp, which are listed. Schedule I of the Drugs Act.

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