Saudi Arabia jails Kerala woman for carrying banned drug

The drug, which she was found in her possession, is reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia jails Kerala woman for carrying banned drug

A Kerala woman was jailed in Saudi Arabia after she was found in possession with a huge quantity of medicine, which was reportedly prescribed by a Kerala-based doctor for a neurological ailment she was suffering from.

The drug, which she was found in her possession, is reportedly banned in Saudi Arabia, The Hindu reported.

The report said, according to her family member in Kottayam, Hissana Hussain flew to Dammam from Kochi on Tuesday with her husband Liaquath and their three-year-old son.


Before they went to Saudi Arabia, the family earlier live in Dubai, where Hussain's husband Liaquath worked as an engineer.

They came back home for a break a month ago before flying to Saudi Arabia, where Liaquath got a new job, the report added.

Hussain's family member told the newspaper that she had been suffering from neurological disorders for the past three years.

Before leaving for Saudi, she consulted a physician in Kerala. “She had purchased the prescribed medicine for the next six months. With three tablets a day, she was carrying a huge stock. She took the tablets to Saudi without the doctor’s prescription,’’ said Rama George, a family friend of the victim and a leader of the Lok Janashakti Party.

George said the medicine Hussain was carrying is reportedly a banned substance as per Saudi laws. Hence, officials of the Directorate of Narcotic Control took her into custody on her arrival at the airport on Tuesday evening. Later, the officials handed over their son to Liaquath and informed him of her imprisonment, said George.