The Public Prosecution said that the accused, Menna Shalaby, obtained “the essence of narcotic hashish with the intention of using it in cases other than those authorized by law, and the Public Prosecution established evidence before it from the testimony of five witnesses of the incident, the findings of the police investigations, and what was proven by the recordings of the monitoring machines at the place where they were seized, as well as what As a result, the chemical laboratory examined the seizures found in their possession.”
The prosecution stated that it “completed its investigations after apprehending the accused by listening to the testimony of five workers at Cairo International Airport, who confirmed that examining the accused’s bags with an x-ray machine during the completion of customs procedures showed that there were organic condensates inside them, so they were thoroughly searched, which resulted in the finding of narcotic substances in the bags, so he was thrown.” The accused was arrested, and her possession of drugs was seized.”
And the Public Prosecution witnessed, with the recordings of the monitoring machines, “the accused entered the customs area and found the seizures inside her bags, and the report of the chemical laboratory proved that the seizures contained two narcotic substances, namely hashish and cannabis, which are listed in the first schedule of the drug law, and the person conducting investigations about the incident testified that the drugs were seized and possessed by the accused.” for the purpose of dealing.
The Egyptian lawyer specializing in criminal and cassation cases, Mohamed Islah, told “Sky News Arabia” that the scenario that the defendant’s defense will follow during her trial is known in such cases, as the defense will originally ask the court to acquit the accused on the basis of what will invalidate the stipulated control and inspection procedures. it in the Code of Criminal Procedure.
He added that the defense will request a precautionary request based on Article 17 of the Egyptian Penal Code to use clemency with the accused because it was her first precedent, indicating that clemency had already been used with the son of the well-known film producer Kamel Abu Ali in a similar case because it was his first precedent.
He explained that if the direction of the court and its certainty after the investigation of the case is to convict the accused, given that it is the first offense, then the penalty may be one year in prison, and it may be suspended.
And he stressed that the trial of the accused will be in accordance with Article 37 of the Anti-Narcotics Law, which states that “everyone who possesses, acquires, buys, produces, extracts, separates, or manufactures shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment and a fine of not less than ten thousand pounds and not exceeding fifty thousand pounds.” The essence of a narcotic drug or planting a plant of the narcotic plants specified in the law, or possessing or purchasing it, and that was with the intention of abuse, or for personal use in cases other than those permitted by law.”
According to the same law, the court “has the right to order, in the judgment of conviction, the implementation of the sentences imposed in the private prisons, which are established for those convicted of crimes in this law, or in the places allocated to them in punitive institutions.”
It should be noted that Menna Shalaby was arrested upon her return from New York on November 25, and during a search of her bags at Cairo International Airport, the authorities found packages of different shapes and sizes, containing narcotic marijuana, so a report was drawn up and referred to the Public Prosecution for investigation, as it has the competence to adjudicate in such cases. these issues.
On the evening of the same day, the Public Prosecution decided to release her on bail of 50,000 Egyptian pounds pending the case, and sent the seized materials for forensic analysis.
At the time, a judicial source said, “The prosecution dealt with its approach in all cases of abuse, which is to release the release with financial guarantee in all prosecution offices nationwide, noting that only those caught in drug use are imprisoned in quantities that are usually for trafficking.”
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