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Tuesday, Jul 4, 2006, 12:17 pm

Pardon Issued

By Brian Zick

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Nolan Strong for AllHipHop News reports: Grammy Award winning producer Dallas Austin has received a pardon for possession of cocaine for personal use by a Dubai court yesterday (July 3).

Austin, 34, was convicted and sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison, where he had been incarcerated since May 19, when he was caught with 1.26 grams and five-and-a-half capsules of cocaine when he was arrested.

Just hours after the conviction, a pardon was issued, followed by a deportation order.

Austin, who was in the country to attend a three-day private party for supermodel Naomi Campbell, appeared briefly in court on Sunday (July 2) and told judges he made a mistake and had unintentionally violated the laws of Dubai, a member of the United Arab Emirates.

Austin has produced hit records for Aretha Franklin, Brandy, Boyz II Men, Madonna, Monica, TLC, Lenny Kravitz and others.

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