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Vijay Raaz released by Dubai Police
23rd Feb 2005 09.53 IST
By ApunKaChoice Bureau
After nine days in detention on the charge of possessing drugs, actor Vijay Raaz , known for his roles in national award winning film Raghu Romeo and Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding , was released on Tuesday night.
Film producer Feroz Nadiadwala , for whose film's shooting Raaz had gone to Dubai on February 13, said the actor was freed at around 2000 hours local time (2130 hrs IST) and would reach Mumbai Wednesday morning.
Nadiadwala said he was not aware if the charge against Raaz had been withdrawn. The actor was detained at Dubai airport on the morning of February 13 when he arrived in Dubai for the shoot for Nadiadwala's movie ‘Deewane Hue Paagal’ directed by Vikram Bhatt .
Relatives of Raaz, who has also appeared in films like ‘Prarambh’ and Jungle , had approached the Indian embassy in UAE to help secure his release and the embassy officials gained consular access to the actor on Monday.
Raaz had told the officials that he was innocent and did not know how the drugs came into his hand baggage. He had also appealed to UAE authorities to sympathetically consider his case.
If convicted, Raaz could have faced up to eight years of imprisonment under tough UAE laws against possessing drug.
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