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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 Aarti Nagraj
Sheikh Issa attended the Al Ain Criminal Court on Monday, where he pleaded innocent. His lawyers have said that the sheikh was given a combination of drugs by Bassam Nabulsi and his brother Ghassan Nabulsi, which made him ignorant of his actions.
“We submitted medical reports showing that the drugs that the two co-defendants administered to him left him unaware of his actions,” Shiekh Issa’s lawyer, Habib al-Mulla told AFP, adding that his client had no recollection of what had happened.
Al-Mulla said Shiekh Issa saw the tape and “he could not believe this could happen.”
During the hearing, a forensics expert defense Ibrahim Wasfy told the court that the medications being taken by Sheikh Issa could cause “anger, suicidal tendencies, depression, aggression and loss of memory,” reports The National. He added that the prescribed drugs could “cause serious damage to the central nervous system and can cause a dangerous, very dangerous, outcome.”
The Afghani trader Shahpoor, had already reached a settlement with Sheikh Issa in 2004, Habib al-Mulla told Reuters.”He was compensated and dropped charges against Sheikh Issa. The only reason we are here today is because of the tape,” he said.
According to him the tape was doctored, and was filmed by Ghassan Nabulsi as a tool for extortion.
Meanwhile, Shapoor has also filed a lawsuit against Nabulsi and his brother, accusing them of videotaping his abuse without his permission.