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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
The trial of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family who is accused of abusing an Afghan trader, is expected to come to an end early next month. Sheikh Issa has pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering a life, inflicting bodily harm, and rape. His lawyers have alleged that he was drugged by two of the defendants in the case.
The whole incident came to light after ABC News aired a video in April this year that apparently shows Sheikh Issa abusing Mohammed Shahpoor, an Afghani grain trader in 2004. Along with a man in a police uniform, Shiekh Issa is seen hitting Shahpoor with a cattle prod, a whip, and a plank of wood with protruding nails. The video also shows him pouring salt over the trader’s wounds, and then driving over him with a 4×4 vehicle.
According to reports, Shahpoor was being punished because he lost a load of grain worth $5,000.
The 45-minute video recording was given to ABC by Bassam Nabulsi, a businessman from Houston, who was apparently a business partner of Sheikh Issa. Nabulsi claimed that he himself was abused in the UAE after having a disagreement with the sheikh and filed a suit against him in the US.
As soon the news went public, officials in the UAE claimed that the case was closed and had been settled privately. “All rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the police department,” officials added.