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British woman out of Dubai jail
Tracy Wilkinson
Tracy Wilkinson is "excited and grateful" to be released
A British woman who spent eight weeks in a Dubai prison after codeine was found in her urine has been released.

Tracy Wilkinson, 44, from Balcombe, West Sussex, tested positive for codeine, which is banned in Dubai but was legally prescribed by her UK GP.

The painkiller was found in her system when a urine sample was taken while she was in custody in the United Arab Emirates over a passport error.

She was bailed on Saturday and will be back at the court in Dubai on 7 May.

Stephen Jakobi, from the campaign group Fair Trials Abroad, said the hearing was the first time all the relevant papers had been seen by the court.

They seem happy that the drugs were prescribed now
Robin Wilkinson
Codeine is a banned substance in the United Arab Emirates, even if it is just in the bloodstream, and Ms Wilkinson had been told she could have faced up to four years in jail.

The mother-of-two was said to be "excited and grateful" at being released.

Her ex-husband, Robin Wilkinson, 50, from Handcross, West Sussex, who has been supporting her, said: "They have released her while further inquiries are made into the documents that have been placed before the court.

"They seem happy that the drugs were prescribed now."

Mr Jakobi complained about the length of time he says it took for Ms Wilkinson's doctor's report to be translated and then certified by the Arab state's foreign office.

Remain in Dubai

"It appears this is the first time the courts have got a proper look at the documents," he said.

"I honestly feel that is a shambles [after eight weeks] and these things should not be allowed to happen."

Mr Jakobi added that he would be surprised if Ms Wilkinson was not on a plane home after the next court hearing.

"One must be pretty confident that she could be sent home next week," he said.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed her release on bail and said she was required to remain in Dubai until 7 May.

"Consular staff continue to provide support and assistance to Ms Wilkinson," he added.

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