Royal ruling to be out soon
Abuse allegations leveled against Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, an Abu Dhabi royal, caught the world’s attention this year. The court is expected to give a verdict in the case in January 2010.
December 22, 2009 2:17 by Aarti Nagraj
However, the incident led to a heavy backlash from human rights authorities. Reports claimed that the US was putting off discussion about a nuclear deal with the UAE until the issue was sorted.
In May, the UAE government spoke out against the incident, saying that it “unequivocally condemns the actions depicted on the video.” Officials said that Sheikh Issa was put under “house arrest” and that the government has ordered an investigation into the contents of the tape.
Human Rights Watch said that the news was “a significant development,” adding that “much more needs to be done to restore faith in the country’s police and justice system.”
Meanwhile, Bassam Nabulsi’s lawyers claimed that they had more evidence against Shiekh Issa.
“I have more than two hours of video footage showing Sheikh Issa’s involvement in the torture of more than 25 people,” lawyer Anthony Buzbee wrote in a letter, reported UK-based paper Observer.
“I also have access to at least three witnesses, all of whom will testify that the brutality exhibited in the videos by Sheikh Issa is part of a pattern of conduct that has gone on for some time … I can also provide additional witnesses who were actually present during several of Sheikh Issa’s torture sessions,” Buzbee said in the letter.
The issue came back to focus after it was reported that a trial in the case finally began two months ago.