Tuesday, May 24, 2005

More on drugs in Wonderland

I am sorry this blog seems to be the dumping place for the very little which appears on drugs and the corrupt judiciary system in Wonderland in the newspaper.. I am collecting it all here as an on-line archive... for the BOOK I am going to write about the Ahmeds in Wonderland.

This appeared in today's GDN:

349 arrested in drugs clamp
By ABDULRAHMAN FAKHRI
MANAMA
BAHRAIN police are waging a relentless campaign against drug dealers and users, a top official declared yesterday.
They arrested 349 people in drug-related cases in the first four months of this year, said CID acting director Brigadier Farook Al Maawada.
The Interior Ministry is determined to further intensify its operations to make it even more difficult for drug traffickers and dealers, he said.
Brig Al Maawada was speaking on the sidelines of the 19th meeting of GCC directors of drug-combating organisations, held at the Diplomat Radisson SAS.
They are expected to agree today on a list of recommendations aimed at further improving joint operations to combat drug trafficking in the region.
"Each country is proposing a number of recommendations aimed at further maintaining security in the Gulf, combating drug trafficking and dealing, exchanging information and raising awareness among young people," Brig Al Maawada told the GDN.
"Perhaps one of the most important topics discussed is the means of further strengthening official channels for the sharing of information for a rapid response in anti-drug operations."
He said other issues discussed covered joint training programmes to further upgrade the skills of drug-combating security authorities.
Brig Al Maawada announced earlier this month that police are setting up a 24-hour drugs hotline for people to report suspects.
Rewards are also on offer for people who help the police catch drug smugglers and dealers.
Drug-combating division director Major Tariq Al Nasser said that from January 1 to the end of April, Bahraini authorities arrested 349 people in 327 drug-related cases. "Out of them 341 were male," he told the GDN.
The meeting, chaired by Brig Al Maawada, also features an exhibition of photographs by GCC drug-combating organisations showcasing drug consignments seized and the methods used to smuggle drugs.
It also included a number of items, which drug traffickers used to smuggle drugs into GCC countries, including copies of the Quran and a child's doll.

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