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« on: May 10, 2009 06:37 PM »


This story and the "it's ok to slap your wife over spending" is #1 on the CNN most viewed list!!! What a shame. Why can't we start condemning these atrocious things that happen, that WE COMMIT!! It's disgusting. If we don't do it the world does it for us. Does no one remember Iraq, what fueled the invasion? This ridiculous idea that the world was "saving the Iraqis from a horrible dictator".

The hypocrisy of course is unbelievable, like the US doesn't have the highest rates of domestic abuse, and like it's own government didn't support torture the last 8 years with NO ONE being held accountable until this day for it.

It doesn't matter, if it's on CNN the judgment has been made and unfortunately we still don't know how to condemn people who do wrong in islam and don't know how address these injustices.

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Sheikh reportedly detained pending torture investigation


 WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi who was captured on videotape torturing an Afghan grain dealer has reportedly been detained, a senior U.S. State Department official told CNN Saturday.
Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, pictured here, allegedly tortured a business associate on videotape.

Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, pictured here, allegedly tortured a business associate on videotape.

The official said the government of the United Arab Emirates, which includes Abu Dhabi as one of its seven emirates, told the State Department that Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan is under house arrest pending an investigation, but that the United States has not independently confirmed the development.

The videotape emerged last month in a federal civil lawsuit filed in Houston, Texas, by Bassam Nabulsi, a U.S. citizen, against the sheikh. Former business partners, the men had a falling out, in part over the tape. In a statement to CNN, the sheikh's U.S. attorney said Nabulsi is using the videotape to influence the court over a business dispute.

The tape of the heinous torture session is delaying the ratification of a civil nuclear deal between the United Arab Emirates and the United States, senior U.S. officials familiar with the case have said. The senior U.S. officials said the administration has held off on the ratification process because it believes sensitivities over the story can hurt its passage.

On Saturday, Human Rights Watch called the sheikh's reported detention "a significant development" but said the UAE government needs to do more to restore confidence in its judicial system.

"The videotape of this episode shocked the world," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "The report of the arrest was reassuring, but now the government needs to make the details public. Secretive prosecutions will not deter further abuses and torture."

On the tape, Sheikh Issa appears to burn with rage. Apparently believing he was cheated in a business deal, the sheikh was trying to extract a confession from the Afghan grain dealer.

With a private security officer assisting, Sheikh Issa is seen stuffing sand in the Afghan's mouth.

As the grain dealer pleads and whimpers, he is beaten with a nailed board, burned in the genitals with a cigarette lighter, shocked with a cattle prod and led to believe he would be shot. Salt is literally poured on his wounds.

The 45 minutes of torture appears on a nearly three-hour-long videotape shot in late 2004 in the desert outside Abu Dhabi. It was made at the direction of the sheikh himself.

The tape has been viewed by CNN. Video Watch portions of the tape and Nabulsi tell his story »

After international concerns over the tape mounted in late April, Abu Dhabi's government issued a statement saying it deplored the contents of the video and planned an immediate and comprehensive review of it.

The sheikh, who holds no official government position, is the half-brother of the UAE's ruler, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Human Rights Watch sent a April 28 letter to the president imploring him to form "an independent body" to probe both the torture and and the "failure" of the UAE's Interior Ministry "to bring those involved to justice." The group reiterated that call Saturday.
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As for the grain dealer, UAE officials say he survived the ordeal, and said the sheikh and the grain dealer settled the matter privately by agreeing not to bring formal charges against each other.

However, Nabulsi's attorney, Anthony Buzbee, said the grain dealer can't be located and it is not known whether he is alive.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009 07:50 PM »

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This is sickening.  The sheikh will not be punished - those who know how things are done in that part of world know that royals are above the law.  If there is going to be anything, he will  be forced to pay money to the relatives of that man who  I assume died.  There is NO due process when it comes to the "royals".   
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 19, 2010 01:58 PM »

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as predicted ... oh well, justice will hopefully prevail one day insha'Allah.

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UAE sheikh cleared in videoed torture case



A member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates has been cleared of the torture of a business associate.

Lawyers for Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president's brother, said the court ruled he had been drugged and so was "unaware of his actions".

The incident came to light when a videotape was circulated showing the violent beating, said to have taken place in 2004.

It was the first reported investigation of a UAE ruling family member.

His lawyer, Habib al-Mulla, said the ruling had "clarified Sheikh Issa's position that he was a victim of conspiracy" over the torture of Mohammed Shah Poor.

"At the same time, it's proven justice to Mohammed Shah Poor and it showed who were the actual people who were behind whole saga," Reuters quoted Mr Mulla as saying.

He said the court had "accepted our defence that the sheikh was under the influence of drugs that left him unaware of his actions," the AFP news agency reported.

The defence had previously claimed Sheikk Issa had been drugged by two men - American-Lebanese brothers Ghassan and Bassam Nabulsi - who recorded the beating in order to blackmail him.

A screengrab of the video showing a man shooting near the victim
The video showed a man shooting the ground near the sitting victim

The Nabulsi brothers were sentenced in their absence to five years in prison for drugging Sheikh Hassan and fined 10,000 dirham ($2,723:£1,700).

Three other men were sentenced to between one and three years for their role in the torture.

'Equality sign'

The video, circulated last year, shows Sheikh Issa repeatedly beating Mr Poor, a grain merchant of Afghan origin, and running him over with a car.

Several other men assist in the tape, including one in a uniform of the security forces. The incident came to light after US television network ABC broadcast clips of the tape, which was smuggled out of the UAE by a former business associate of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Reports say the merchant had lost a consignment of grain belonging to Sheikh Issa worth $5,000 (£3,300). He survived the abuse, but needed extensive hospital treatment.

Mr Mulla said the fact the trial had taken place was "a sign that the UAE is showing that everyone in this country can be put in front of law and judged".

The BBC's Christian Fraser in the region says the verdict will do little to satisfy those who have long criticised the Emirates abject human rights record.

They will argue it proves once again that the extended royal family and those Emiratis in positions of power are often above the rule of law, says our correspondent.

The UAE is a federation of seven wealthy emirates with substantial oil reserves and a large expatriate population. Each emirate is run by a ruling family and citizens are granted few political rights.

Source : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8450722.stm
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 19, 2010 08:53 PM »

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lack of justice and abject record of human rights. sounds familiar eh and we like to always blame the west for our problems. injustice can never go on for long. this will come back to haunt them later (inshaAllah). what's disgusting is that they blamed this case on the people that recorded it. what scares me is that these incidents only come to light after someone has taken pictures/video. there must be so many other cases of hidden abuse. Allah mustu'an.



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