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Football: former Dutch international Quincy Promes arrested in Dubai

Former Dutch international Quincy Promes was arrested in Dubai for a "local offense", two weeks after his conviction for cocaine trafficking in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam public prosecutor's office said on Friday, confirming press reports.

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Football: former Dutch international Quincy Promes arrested in Dubai

Former Dutch international Quincy Promes was arrested in Dubai for a "local offense", two weeks after his conviction for cocaine trafficking in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam public prosecutor's office said on Friday, confirming press reports.

“We have verified media reports regarding the arrest of Promes” on Thursday in Dubai, said Franklin Wattimena, spokesperson for the prosecution. He clarified in an email to AFP that the 32-year-old footballer had “been arrested for a local offense and not for the Dutch affair”.

The prosecution did not want to indicate whether it would request the extradition of Promes, placed under an international arrest warrant. Several Dutch media, however, indicated that discussions were underway between the Dutch authorities and the United Arab Emirates.

The striker, who plays for Spartak Moscow, was sentenced to six years in prison by a Dutch court on February 14 for smuggling more than a ton of cocaine into the Netherlands.

Fearing being arrested by the Dutch police, the international, who has 50 caps with the Oranje, did not go to court in the Netherlands to hear his sentence, and has so far not been extradited by Russia.

According to public broadcaster NOS, citing Russian media, Promes was arrested at Dubai airport for fleeing the scene of a road accident.

The footballer was in Dubai for a training camp with his club. The rest of his team returned to Russia on Thursday, but Promes was arrested and taken to the police station, NOS said.

Promes was convicted of playing “a crucial role” in the importation of 1,363 kilograms of cocaine from Brazil in 2020, via the Belgian port of Antwerp to the Netherlands, with the help of an accomplice.

The player, who also played for Ajax Amsterdam, was also sentenced to 18 months in prison in connection with another case, for having stabbed a cousin because of a stolen necklace in 2020 .

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