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Swedish model planning book about his Dubai jail experience

Farzan Athari was arrested outside his home in 2013 and found in possession of cocaine

Swedish model planning book about his Dubai jail experience

A Swedish male model and TV personality who was sentenced to 10 years in jail in Dubai for possessing cocaine, but was pardoned by authorities this month, is in talks to write a book and feature in a TV documentary about his experiences in the emirate.

Farzan Athari, a 31-year-old Swedish-Iranian, was originally sentenced to life in jail after he was arrested outside his home in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa on May 14, 2013 and found in possession of 21 grams of cocaine in 11 plastic pouches. His sentence was reduced to 10 years upon appeal, after he claimed the illegal drug was for personal use and was not for resale purposes.

Last year, he launched an online campaign calling for his release and has issued a song entitled ‘Save My Life’. Recorded while in prison in Dubai, the video received nearly 95,000 views on Youtube and was featured in news articles around the world.

Earlier this month, prosecutors issued a special pardon and Athari was released from prison.

In a message on his official Instagram page he said: “I would like to officially thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and [Chief Prosecutor] Mr Sami Al Shamsi for giving me a second chance at life. I would also thank all the Swedish Press for capturing one of the most beautiful moments of my life. It’s an amazing feeling to be back home in Sweden.”

A source close to Athari told Arabian Business he was planning to write a book about his experiences in jail in Dubai, with a possible TV documentary also in discussions.

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