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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

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.

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  1. Jasmine on December 23, 2009 7:47 am

    The last para is just kick-in-your-face funny!
    We all know what the outcome to all of this is going to be, the investigation and court appearance was just to keep everyone happy and then discreetly just move on.

  2. Tag wook on December 24, 2009 9:59 am

    Censorship will never allow truth to come out. There is saying when you get riches beyond your dreams, you never knowwhat you do. this is what is hapening in emirates. Unless the Goverenment changes its attitude to a free press and equality to all, these type of unheard and unseen cruelity and misbehavior will keep on happening

  3. Bob Irving on December 26, 2009 1:05 pm

    Now that is really funny. Filing a lawsuit over vidiotaping abuse without permission.

  4. DeniseTheMenace on December 27, 2009 12:13 pm

    Whatever happened to commentators like “Mohd. nee Devoted to Dubai…”
    They feel no need to absorb and reflect on the criticism….
    Keep smiling !!! And enjoy the holidays…

  5. SAS on December 28, 2009 1:11 am

    Like anything else that happens, this is an incident that has to be brought into some perspective.

    At issue are the actions of a single individual, a member of the UAE royal family, who is seen torturing another person.

    The government of the UAE has arrested and detained the individual concerned, his royal blood notwithstanding, and is currently prosecuting him for his actions. There is no evidence at this time the actions were in anyway condoned by the government there.

    By contrast, there is plenty of evidence the torture committed in places like Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Bagram, as well as a number of other secret so called “black hole” sites across the world was condoned by those in the highest offices in Washington, and there is little reason to believe the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld and others who may have authorised it will be held accountable.

    The UAE torture was carried out by an individual, and is being prosecuted. The US’s torture is being condoned by the highest offices, and is unlikely to be prosecuted. That is the difference !

  6. Andrew on December 28, 2009 9:55 am

    Be that as it may SAS, this torture was carried out in cooperation with a uniformed police officer – which is far more distrubing than a member of the royal family getting … well royal treatment.

    Furthermore, this prosecution only came out after it was revealed by someone outside the system. The cases you list relating to the United States were all revealed through internal whistleblowers who wanted to expose the system, not a single external individual who’s sole bargaining chip potentially saved his life and secured his exit from the country.

  7. DeniseTheMenace on December 28, 2009 10:07 am

    @ SAS – sorry the sheet is not as white (or black, as you see fit !) as you’ve made it out in your comment No. 5 above. Life , alas, is always more complex. You are absolutely right that UAE govt has initiated (overdue) action and is trying to do its bit….But only after the public rucus…
    The torture places you mention are indeed shameful, and reprehensible acts were/are being done there in the name of Safety and Security.

  8. SAS on December 29, 2009 4:58 am

    The torture video was released, if I remember correctly, sometime in 2009. The sheikh in question is already being prosecuted as of end 2009, so I am unsure on what basis the UAE legal system can be considered to be slow.

    The UAE does not seem to be too keen on giving the sheikh in question any impunity for his actions, unlike the US which has so far protected the high profile torturers and torture endorsers like Rumsfeld and Cheney.

    Also, I am unsure how letting the dogs loose on prisoners at Abu Ghraib could have been done in the name of security and safety, especially since none of the people tortured there were actually incriminated in attacks against the US.


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