It is illegal for Muslims to drink alcohol in the UAE and three Emiratis were recently arrested and sentenced in the Dibba (Fujairah) Sharia Court for consuming alcohol.
They were each sentenced to 79 lashes.
They appealed against the charge saying that they had been drinking Red Bull.
Their lawyer opened a can of Red Bull in court and requested that the judiciary smell the odour of the energy drink to see how similar it was to the smell of alcohol.
Red Bull is halal (acceptable) to drink in the UAE but not by people under the age of 16.
The Appeals Court acquitted the Red Bull drinking trio of all charges and the lash was put away.
Jihan Shuaib, Nearly Lashed, Gulf Today, 4 November 2010.
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Image: The energy drink is a major sponsor of many sporting events in the UAE.