R&B producer Dallas Austin has been released from a jail in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after being pardoned on drug charges. "He is on the plane and safely out of the country," Austin's Atlanta

R&B producer Dallas Austin has been released from a jail in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after being pardoned on drug charges. "He is on the plane and safely out of the country," Austin's Atlanta lawyer, Joel A. Katz, said in an e-mail to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pardoned Austin yesterday (July 4), hours after the Grammy-winning producer was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine.

A court sentenced Austin, who has produced songs for Madonna and Janet Jackson, for possessing 1.26 grams of cocaine, his defense team said. The court had also ruled that Austin should be deported after serving his prison term. Austin told the court on Sunday that he made a mistake and did not mean to break the law in the United Arab Emirates.

Media in Dubai reported that Austin was on his way to supermodel Naomi Campbell's birthday bash at the glitzy Burj al-Arab Hotel when he was arrested on May 19 at Dubai's airport. Austin's lawyer disputed the report, saying the producer was in Dubai to attend concerts.

Since his arrest Austin had been held without bail at Dubai's al-Rashidiya Police Station.


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