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Hassan Abbas



Drug Related (Possession or sale)


"$1,230 fine, $800 costs, & $123 victim surcharge"

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Judicially Exonerated

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"Hassan Abbas and Owen Allerton were codefendants wrongly convicted in March 2014 of supplying articles used to administer or prepare controlled drugs. The charges were related to a police raid in May 2013 of Abbas' shop Fantasia in Leeds, England. After their convictions following a bench trial in the magistrates court, Abbas was sentenced to a $1,230 fine, $800 costs, and a $123 victim surcharge, while Allerton was sentenced to $153 costs and a $23 victim surcharge. Abbas and Allerton appealed. On February 23, 2015 the Leeds Crown Court overturned the convictions of Abbas and Allerton."

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"On February 23, 2015 the Leeds Crown Court overturned the convictions of Abbas and Allerton."

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Information Source 1:

"An English Head Shop Just Won a Landmark Appeal to Keep Selling Bongs, By Michael Allen, www.vice.com, March 2, 2015"

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"Bong-seller convicted in landmark prosecution, By Staff writers, Yorkshire Post, March 10, 2014"

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