Syrian man in Tom Hanks-like limbo at Dubai airport

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  1. sobore
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    http://news.yahoo.com/syrian-man-tom-hanks-limbo-dubai-airport-134112609.html

    A Syrian man has been stranded at Dubai airport for 16 days in a case with echoes of the Tom Hanks film "The Terminal".

    Wasfi Tayseer Jarad has been stuck at the airport's Terminal 2 since being freed from prison after serving time for a drugs conviction and issued with a deportation order, the English-language Gulf News reported on Thursday.

    With his native Syria in political turmoil, like Hanks' homeland in the 2004 film, authorities in Dubai gave the 34-year-old the option to travel to anywhere that would take him.

    But his passport has expired, and Jordan -- where his family had fled from Syria's civil war -- refused to let him in. Turkey and Lebanon have done the same, returning Jarad on the same flights on which he arrived from Dubai, the newspaper said.

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    I thought, that UAE had capital punishment for drug related offenses. The convict must have some connections to have escaped that ?
     
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    No surprises here. Many Arab states have quite severe penalties for drug abuse/marketing. And it's a known fact that Al Qaeda finances it's terror campaigns with drug trafficking, see: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/03/ehrenfeld.al.qaeda.funding/
    This fellow will likely be in limbo for a very long time, until his family/friends can bail him out.
     
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    Well... It sure beats the Death Penalty.
     
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