Grooverider Pardoned

British DJ granted Ramadan release
Sunday , 07 September 2008
Grooverider Pardoned
Radio 1 DJ, Grooverider

UK DJ RAYMOND BINGHAM, popularly known as GROOVERIDER has been released from his Dubai prison cell after being pardoned to mark the holy month of Ramadan, British media have reported.

Bingham, who was sentenced to four years jail in February for possessing cannabis, has flown back to Britain, UK daily The Guardian reported on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the UK Foreign Office told the newspaper: "We understand he's one of a number of Brits who are due to be released under an amnesty. This does not mean a quashed conviction. We believe there are around 11 or 12 who will be released imminently and who will then be deported."

Bingham was jailed after being arrested at Dubai airport in November for possessing of 2.16g of cannabis.

The BBC told the Guardian said it was too soon to say if Bingham would return to his Radio 1 show.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, granted 777 Dubai inmates their freedom on September 30.

Sheikh Mohammed, also ruler of Dubai, pardoned the prisoners to mark the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.