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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

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.

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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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