Cyprus Mail

Israeli gets 5 years for drugs smuggling

Larnaca court

AN Israeli national was sentenced to five years in jail by Larnaca criminal court on Thursday for smuggling one and a half kilos of cannabis, bound for the Jewish state, into Cyprus at the beginning of the year.

Amir Kidushian, 49, was found guilty after admitting to charges of possession and possession with intent to supply of 1488 grammes of cannabis resin.

The court heard Kidushian arrived at Larnaca airport from India via Qatar, in early January with the drugs hidden in the lining of his suitcase, his aim being to continue to Israel and sell the cannabis there for €2,000.

The court’s decision underlined the severity of the crime of possessing drugs with intent to supply, saying it was “unacceptable to spread death” to citizens because of the financial problems the accused faced.

The Israeli originally worked as an ambulance helper but due to an injury became a security guard. He later left for India where he married a Russian woman, and worked in the clothing sector.

The court decision pointed out that the aim of the accused was to transfer the drugs to Israel and not to Cyprus. “The possession and trade in drugs, threatens the existence of mankind and is a modern plague.”

The evidence against the accused was overwhelming, it said, adding that the man had been a drug user for ten years, was not dangerous, and was inexperienced as a criminal.

His sentence will be served beginning January 20, 2016, the date he was arrested.

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