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The punishment handed down to Adam Foster, 30, was far less than his supporters originally feared. The Burdett, N.Y., engineer faced as many as seven years behind bars for the alleged theft from a Dubai police station, according to his lawyer.
Mr. Foster’s lawyer, Yousuf Hammad, urged the court to reduce the charges against his client to finding and failing to report lost property. He also argued for leniency in the case, saying that Mr. Foster had no criminal record and had agreed to turn the handcuffs over to police.
Mr. Hammad told the Associated Press he still was waiting for court papers to be filed for details of the verdict. He said his client would begin serving his sentence immediately.
“He decided to go to jail today,” Mr. Hammad said. “I cannot say he was happy, but he accepted the judgment.”
Mr. Foster was arrested in February while on a temporary work assignment in Dubai.
He said he found the handcuffs on the ground in a shopping mall parking lot and put them in his bag “without really thinking.” A day earlier, he had been questioned by police after security guards at his company’s job site discovered alcohol in his car, according to an account on his Facebook page.
The handcuffs were discovered at the airport as Mr. Foster was leaving the country.
Authorities alleged the handcuffs were police property that he had stolen from the police station where he had been questioned earlier.
Court records showed Mr. Foster gave police different accounts of what happened. He acknowledges that he signed a confession written in Arabic but claims he did so under duress after being hit on the feet by a police officer.
More than 1,900 people have joined an online support page for Mr. Foster that urged members to petition Emirati and U.S. authorities on his behalf.
“All of your prayers, letters and emails helped so much!! Thank you all for everything you have done,” she wrote.
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