DJ Talks About Dubai Ordeal

DJ Grooverider has spoken out about the "appalling" conditions he endured awaiting trail for drug offenses in the Middle East country of Dubai.

The Radio 1 DJ was jailed for four years in February, but spent almost four months in a detention centre awaiting trial. The drum and bass legend was caught with a small amount of cannabis in an old pair of trousers when entering Dubai - a country with strict drug laws.

The DJ was sentenced to four years, but was released in September after a pardon from the Dubai Royal Family. In an interview with the BBC, Grooverider revealed that he passed the time in detention playing chess and reading books. "They don't have toilets, they have holes in the ground. There's eight people to a cell and they do treat you alright don't get me wrong but it's just horrible seeing so many people come in for nothing," he said. "

The despair and the unhappiness. That's more battering than anything else."

Grooverider also revealed that the most punishing aspect of the sentence was being separated from his daughter. "It was the worst part missing my girl grow up for the last year," he said. "I talked to her at Christmas and she was in floods of tears and that wasn't the easiest thing to deal with."

"I didn't even recognise her because she'd grown a foot."
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