[First filed: July 18, 2008 @ 14:10]
The Canberra Times informs that the drink driving United Arab Emirates’ cadet who killed another ADFA cadet last month in a ghastly accident, Ahmed Alzaabi, 24, is going to plead guilty to the culpable driving charges on condition that the drink driving be dropped. (Also with an amazing photo of the wreckage).
Presumably that will save him having to apply for asylum here.
I’m not sure how much sympathy I have for a young Arab officer pranging his Lexus coupe while pissed and killing people.
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UPDATED: My man in the UAE had this to say:
- I’d indeed expect the bizarre plea bargain to relate to public shame at home and probably army regulations covering drunkenness. Many Emiratis drink here, and a staggering number kill themselves on the roads. Assuming he’s an Emirati would expect he’ll get good legal and financial support from his government who’ll want this all to go away as quietly as possible.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The CT reports that young Ahmed has fronted the court with a new legal team (farewell Bernard Collaery) and plead guilty to:
- “one charge of culpable driving causing death and two counts of culpable driving negligently causing grievous bodily harm
Sentencing on 21 August.
FURTHER UPDATE: pug206gti had this to add:
- Having been by chance in the court this morning and seen the matter I can report that DPP presented no evidence on the drink driving chage and it was dismissed. As to the other charges, he did not consent to the Magistrates Court’s jurisdiction and was committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court. I guess he’s hoping to go before Higgins or Penfold.