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Sheikh Issa cleared by court

Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the royal family in Abu Dhabi…

January 10, 2010 2:51 by

Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the royal family in Abu Dhabi, has been acquitted by the court of abusing an Afghani grain merchant in 2004, reports The National. He was charged with rape, endangering a life and causing bodily harm after a video allegedly showed him torturing the Afghan man was released.

Sheikh Issa’s lawyers had alleged in court that he was drugged by two of his former business partners, Bassam and Ghassan Nabulsi. The two brothers, who had filmed the abuse, have now been given a five-year jail term each, says the report.

Apart from the Sheikh, five of the other six defendants in the case were found guilty of the charges.

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  1. Andrew on January 10, 2010 5:05 pm

    Quelle surprise. And I imagine that the issue of the (non-existent) drugs in his system will not be a legal matter either, even if the law is quite clear that it doesn’t care how the drugs entered your system – they were there.

    UAE, striking a blow for chutzpah and nepotism. Keep fighting the good fight guys, no-one has noticed … yet.

  2. Basel A-Shaban on January 11, 2010 7:03 am

    For the first time ever, I find myself speechless.

  3. mohannad on January 11, 2010 8:26 am

    The poor thing, the sheik had no idea what was going on, this must be so traumatizing for him… and the unidentified police men holding down that Pakistani man, they were also drudged i am sure, what an appalling crime, who would have the heart to drug all these people. you know what, the Pakistani guy probably did it ! they should jail him ! instead of making him a millionaire with that 10’000 Dhs compensation they handed him.

    typical !

  4. Dismanirie on January 11, 2010 8:31 am

    Quite apart from the shamefulness of the whole sickening tale, the UAE judiciary has made it quite clear that laws are not applicable to certain citizens.

    That the case made it to court was laudable. That hearsay evidence was taken into consideration (there was no way of medically proving that he had been under the influence of drugs) to exonerate this so-called sheikh makes the justice system a mockery and takes Abu Dhabi back into the ranks of third world societies.

    Scapegoating others grants no justice to the victim of this obscene individual.

  5. Buzzjunkie on January 11, 2010 9:05 am

    Why even bother having laws and courts and all the paraphernalia that surrounds the legal system? Just have a list of members of the royal families and sheikhs. If your name is on the list – congratulations, you tortured an individual for hours – here’s your ‘Get out of Jail for Free’ card.

    Anybody else would have been jailed for an inexorably long time then deported.

    If it wasn’t so horrific, people around the world would be laughing and ridiculing the legal system here. Your a bunch of gutless, sychophantic puppets.

  6. Expat on January 11, 2010 9:06 am

    I watched this terrifying video only few months back. I got stunt, had shiver through my spine! Inhumane and merciless at it’s best! As expected the culprit goes unpunished!

    UAE is a good country to live, rise and settle. But they have to bring this assurity of basic judiciary system here for people to have better security and faith.

    If the guilty is not Essa and he is an expat the whole story would have been different. The response of the media and court would have been different!

    Now look at the verdict – Laughable, clearly – the main culprit goes unpunished and those helped him (who released the video to the public from the UK) got punished!!!

  7. Shocked on January 11, 2010 9:11 am

    What a shame!!!!!!!

    and you expect the western world to call us (Arabs) civilized

    Wake up governments, Wake up !!!!!!!!

  8. Miss Anne Thropic on January 11, 2010 9:15 am

    He claims the drugs were for a back condition, yet he appeared in the video to be strong enough to hold a man down and force-feed him sand. Any drug I’ve ever taken for back pain has not diminished my mental capacities so much that I had no idea what I was doing. And I am pretty sure that no drug exists that will both remove all your mental responsibility and also allow you to competently control a car and operate firearms.

    The rumour that the doctor is actually a vet remains unconfirmed but it would make sense given that the case deals with people who are no better than animals.

  9. Randa on January 11, 2010 9:44 am

    His father, the late Sheikh Zayed, would never have let him get away with it.

  10. justa on January 11, 2010 9:59 am

    A true travesty of justice if there is any in this part of the world.
    I do not know why I even bother to make a comment !

  11. Scott on January 11, 2010 10:02 am

    Every Emirati should be ashamed.

  12. mike on January 11, 2010 10:26 am

    Unbelievable… I watched the video, I’m speechless, the men that helped him were jailed… Its surreal.

    Ill leave it at that…

  13. Dave on January 11, 2010 10:28 am

    I wouldnt be so sure Scott. Here is what one of them had to say (albeit he is a teenager):

    “I just love it us being superior and you cant do nothing about it , wooooo wait maybe this will make tourists think twice before coming here LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL”

    it’s funny how you guys are so much into this person (a drug dealer ) when millions out there including children and women are being Tortured daily . My friend, there are no justice in this world, it’s just money and politics.”

  14. Zain on January 11, 2010 12:03 pm

    If His Royal Highness was able to getaway from this horrible crime by the Law of the Court he will never be able to get away in the Day of the Judgment because Allah Almighty is the Judge. So let him enjoy for a little while but at the end he will be dead and will enjoy the real and just punishment by Allah Almighty. There is a Hadeeth by our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says that a Muslim woman had locked a cat and didn’t allow the poor creature any access to water or food for several days, so she was severely punished by Allah, while a non-committed Muslim man was forgiven for his sins because he saw a dog dying of thrust so he took of his shoe and picked some water from the well and gave it to the poor dog! So my dear fellow commentators do not be frustrated or angered by this shameless judgment as HRH will enjoy a little but will be punished for eternity.

  15. Genuine on January 11, 2010 1:32 pm

    I knew the sheikh was innocent. He had absolutely nothing to do with these barbaric accusations. It is a pity he had a lousy lawyer who claimed the sheikh was drugged. The acts were committed by a look-alike.

  16. Tag wook on January 11, 2010 2:01 pm

    Justice is unequal, with censorship allaround, with no reliable witness nor open court hearing, judgement has been passed clearing the accused of all crimes. Ok but how about punishing the accused (now a free man) for drug useage. If an expatriate had done that probably he would have kept inside even without a trial for more than 10 years..
    Should I laugh or cry I am not sure about it after reading the news of clearing the accused

  17. abdallah on January 14, 2010 3:09 pm

    As the Prohet of Islam said his previous societies were destroyed due to different laws for the rich and the poor. The prophet was courageous to declare that evenif his daughter is held for stealing , he should not have left her without chopping her hands.
    Let our rulers just think for a moment and their heads must be humuliated as they go to punish anyone.

  18. Thomas Crapper on January 16, 2010 2:06 am

    A sickening result for all humanity when someone of power can manipulate the legal system so easily, This is not justice, he is guilty !

    Fake Issa , Allah will not forgive you for taking so much pleasure in your inhumane SINS !


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