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Democracy and Human Rights-Middle East Unrest – Repression in the United Arab Emirates

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 4, 2011


June 2011 – source The Nation

For the past four months, hundreds of thousands of voices demanding variations on a theme—democracy, human rights, an end to torture, a stop to corruption—have echoed from Morocco to Yemen, each with its own local variation. In the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven small semi-autonomous sheikdoms, that voice sounded a little hoarse. More like a whisper, you might say. And then it went silent.

Unrest and Protest Middle East 2011 - Human Rights - Repression in the United Arab Emirates - Anna Louie Sussman The Nations

Since April 8 , 2011 the Emirati government has arrested five prominent Emiratis—activists, bloggers and an academic—for signing a petition calling for reform, and thrown them in jail, where they remain to this day. They are being held without charges, although they are in contact with their families and lawyers.

The five detainees are among over 160 professionals who on March 9 submitted what has to be one of the gentlest pleas for political reform in recent history, which included a request to make the Federal National Council, the UAE’s powerless legislative body, at least open to universal contestation. On February 24 President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced he was doubling the pool of eligible voters, to around 12,000. That is still less than 2 percent of the Emirati population.

(For the record, here’s what Emirati rabble-rousing sounds like: “Please We, the undersigned, a group of people of the United Arab Emirates, rise up to serve your Generous Highness and Their Highnesses Members of Supreme Council of the Federation of deep appreciation and respect…” the petition begins. “Out of our deep concern for this nation, and its people, who are your sons…” it continues. A fiery battle cry it is not.)

But even this was too much. On April 8, at 3 am, several police asked Ahmed Mansoor, one of the signatories, a blogger and a member of the Human Rights Watch advisory committee, to come down to “answer some questions about his car.” (Incidentally, this was the same approach that security officials used to take Naji Hamdan, a United States citizen who allegedly was tortured in custody.) Fearing a trap, he refused to come down, but was taken away by a second group of security officers that same afternoon.

Two days later Nasser bin Ghaith, a prominent Emirati economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the University of Paris-Sorbonne, was also carted away. His ostensible crime was urging the UAE, on television shows and in panel discussions, to become more transparent, as a means to further economic development. In subsequent days, three other online activists, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali al-Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, were arrested. In the weeks that followed, the government dissolved the boards of two of the country’s oldest civil society organizations, the Jurists’ Association and the Teachers’ Association, for signing a similar petition.

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Lee Bradley Brown, 39, died on Tuesday in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 16, 2011


Independent investigation urged into death of British detainee in UAE

16 April 2011

Amnesty International UAE Dubai Lee Bradley Brown

The authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must ensure that the investigation into the death of a British citizen who died while in police custody is impartial and independent, Amnesty International said today.

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, died on Tuesday in Dubai, six days after he was arrested by police and amid allegations that he was assaulted in police custody.

“The UAE authorities must quickly get to the bottom of what occurred by carrying out a full and thorough investigation,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“They must also ensure that any police or others who are found responsible for assaulting Lee Bradley Brown or causing his death are promptly brought to justice.”

Lee Bradley Brown is reported to have been on holiday in Dubai when he was arrested on 6 April following an altercation at a luxury hotel. He was taken to a local police station where, it is alleged, he was assaulted by police officers before being confined to a cell.

He died six days later after choking on his own vomit, according to the Dubai authorities.

The Dubai police have told Amnesty International that the death is being investigated by their Criminal Investigation Department.

“We welcome the fact that an investigation is already underway but it is not sufficiently independent if, as it appears, one branch of the police is investigating alleged abuses by other police,” said Malcolm Smart.

“It is vital in cases of this nature that those charged with finding the truth are fully independent and have the powers and resources to achieve this end, otherwise they cannot expect to command public credibility.”

more informations from the British Press about the death of Lee Bradley Brown

End this cover-up, say family of Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after swearing arrest

By REBECCA EVANS,NICK MCDERMOTT – 15/04/2011 08:25:57

Authorities said Lee Bradley Brown, 39, of Dagenham in Essex had had died of natural causes despite witnesses seeing him being ‘beaten to a pulp’ by prison guards.

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Mystery female host ‘invited’ jail victim to Dubai

By REBECCA EVANS  16/04/2011 00:05:03

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel when he was arrested for assault and swearing and thrown into a filthy cell.

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Briton ‘beaten to death’ in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing

By ARTHUR MARTIN, NICK MCDERMOTT, REBECCA EVANS   14/04/2011 15:14:09

Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was on holiday at a £1,000-a-night hotel in the Arab state when he was thrown into a filthy cell at the notoriously brutal Bur Dubai police station.

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Amnesty UAE Dubai – Ahmad Mansoor Fahad Salem al-Shehh Nasser bin Ghaith

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 16, 2011


ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Amnesty International UAE Dubai

Two civil society activists and an economist have been detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), apparently linked to their calls for political reform. Their lawyer does not know where they are being held. They are likely to be prisoners of conscience.

Ahmad Mansoor, a blogger associated with Hewar, an online political forum that is blocked by the UAE authorities, was detained on 8 April by a group of plain-clothed security officials from Amn al-Dawla, the UAE’s security police, together with two uniformed police. They took him from his home which they then searched, removing computers, books and documents. Hours earlier, before dawn, he had received a visit from men who said they were police and wanted to question him about his car, but he refused to accompany them, suspecting that it was a ruse to detain him. Reports suggest that the UAE authorities are attributing his arrest to an alcohol offence, saying bottles of whisky were found in Ahmed Mansoor’s car; however, the real reason for his arrest is believed to be his activism in supporting calls for political and other change in the UAE. The UAE is a confederation of seven emirates whose ruling families do not permit direct elections or political parties.

Fahad Salem al-Shehhi, 38, was arrested at his home in Ajman Emirate at 7 pm on 10 April. He too is associated with the online political forum, Hewar. Nasser bin Ghaith, an economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Sorbonne University in Paris, was also detained on 10 April in Dubai. He too has written articles online advocating political reform in the UAE.

According to three detainees’ lawyer, the authorities said they would produce them at a holding centre in Dubai but then failed to do so. There are fears that they may be held by Amn al-Dawla in Abu Dhabi and that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Their lawyer expressed particular concern for Ahmed Mansoor, who he said had received death threats and told Amnesty International that he, too, had received death threats via Facebook.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English or your own language:

  • Expressing concern about the arrest and detention of Ahmad Mansoor, Fahad Salem al-Shehhi and Nasser bin Ghaith, all known peaceful advocates of political reform, and asking to be informed of the reasons for their arrest and their current legal status;
  • Calling for the three detainees to be released immediately and unconditionally if, as it appears, they are prisoners of conscience who are being held solely on account of their peaceful expression of their conscientiously held beliefs;
  • Urging the authorities to immediately disclose their whereabouts, to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment and have access to a lawyer, their families and any medical treatment they might require;
  • Calling on the authorities to remove restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, in line with international human rights law and standards.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 26 MAY 2011 TO:

Vice-President and Prime Minister

Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Co-Chair of the Higher National Security Council,

Office of the Prime Minister

POB 2838, Dubai, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3531974; Email through web:http://www.uaepm.ae/en/communicate/index.html (1st*=Full name; 2nd*=Age;3rd*=Nationality;4th*=Place of Work;5th*=Email;6th*=Type of Communication – select “Suggestion”; 7th*=Subject;8th*=Message)

Salutation: Your Highness

Minister of Interior

Lt-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Minister of Interior

Human Rights Directorate

POB: 398, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3981119

Salutation: Your Excellency

And copies to:

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahya

POB 1, Abu Dhabi,

United Arab Emirates

Fax: +971 2 4447766

Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.

ADVOCATES OF POLITICAL REFORM DETAINED IN UAE

Additional Information

Human Rights UAE

Human Rights UAE Dubai

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each governed by an absolute ruler called an amir. The individual emirates do not hold local elections. Instead, a regionally determined and selected National Electoral Committee elects half the members of a consultative body, the 40-person Federal National Council (FNC), which sits in Abu Dhabi. The other 20 are appointed by the president. The term of office is two years. Amongst its limited remit, the FNC can examine and amend federal legislation but not veto it.

On 9 March, over 130 civil and political rights activists in the UAE petitioned the president of the UAE to introduce universal, direct elections for the FNC and to give it legislative powers. Ahmed Mansoor had strongly and openly supported the petition and gave a range of media interviews to support the initiative.

Human Rights Watch, in a statement on 9 April, noted that Ahmed Mansoor is a member of the Middle East and North Africa advisory committee at the organisation and that HRW “honored and recognized his efforts to promote human rights in the Emirates at a news conference in Dubai on January 26.” (see: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/04/09/uae-government-detains-human-rights-defender?print)

On 11 April, a Dubai police official was quoted in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper saying that Ahmed Mansoor was detained on the authority of the Federal Prosecutor in connection with a ‘criminal case’. However, no details were provided. Amnesty International believes this to be a pretext to legitimise his arrest.

Ahmed Mansoor, like his lawyer, Abdelhamid al-Kumaitli, has recreived death threats via Facebook. One, according to HRW, was sent on 5 April and stated: “Ahmed Mansoor, you are dead. I swear that I will search for you in every house. I swear to God that I will cut you in pieces … if I don’t slaughter you, my cousins will cut your head, you dog.”

Ahmed Mansoor and Fahad al-Shehhi were reportedly active in Hewar, an online political forum which is banned in the UAE. Nasser bin Ghaith is an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of France’s Sorbonne University.

Political suspects in the UAE are commonly held incommunicado in undisclosed locations. Those arrested by Amn al-Dawla are reportedly often kept in solitary confinement. A few political detainees have been allowed to make brief and limited phone calls to their families.

Political parties do not exist in the UAE; political dissent is not tolerated and there are severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association. Websites have been targeted for closure and their owners prosecuted for defamation.

The use of torture of political detainees has been widely reported. Methods have included sleep deprivation, suspension by the wrists or ankles followed by severe beatings to the soles of the feet and even the use of electric shocks to various parts of the body.

The UN Human Rights Committee has commented that routine prolonged solitary confinement is inconsistent with the obligation on states to ensure prisoners are treated with humanity and with respect for their inherent dignity. (General comment 21/44, 6 April 1992).

UA: 111/11 Index: MDE 25/001/2011 Issue Date: 13  PDF Urgent Action Amnesty International April 2011

Source Amnesty International

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Bahrain activists receive threats after anonymous death call

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 12, 2011


Amnesty International has called on the Bahraini authorities to ensure the safety of three human rights activists after text messages were yesterday circulated to many people in Bahrain calling for them to be killed.

The messages contained personal details of the activists and labelled them “advocates of subversion”. One of the three then received a series of anonymous threats from callers to his phone.

“The Bahraini authorities must mount an immediate, thorough investigation to identify the source of these threats and bring to justice those responsible for inciting murder and issuing death threats,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“The government must also ensure the safety of the three activists who have been named in these threats and any others who may be targeted in the same way, and afford them all possible protection.”

The unrest in Bahrain started with a “Day of Rage” on 14 February in which one protestor was killed by the security forces. Six more protestors were killed in the following days and hundreds injured, many due to the use of excessive and lethal force by riot police and other security forces.

The worst incidents occurred on 17 February when the police carried out an early morning raid to clear demonstrators camped at the Pearl Roundabout in the capital Manama, killing five protestors and assaulting ambulance staff and medical workers seeking to assist the wounded.

One of the activists named in yesterday’s text message, Mahmmad al-Maskati from the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, told Amnesty International he has received around 11 anonymous threatening phone calls since the message calling for him to be killed was circulated yesterday.

All callers delivered broadly the same message: ‘You are a donkey. We will kill you. We want you to stop going to the (Pearl) roundabout. If you don’t stop your human rights business we will f*** you”.

Another activist from the same organization, Naji Fateel, said he had received two messages along similar lines.

The other named activist was Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, formerly the Middle East and North Africa director for Frontline, an NGO which supports human rights defenders.

The circulated message contained all the information about the activists that would be found on a national ID card: their full name, home address, photograph, personal ID number and employment, along with their telephone numbers.

This has prompted suspicion that the threats may emanate from Bahraini security officials, who would have easy access to such details, or from people acting on their behalf.

“The authorities must urgently probe whether these threats are the work of Bahraini security or intelligence officials and are intended to deter the activists from continuing their human rights work and involvement in protests demanding reform in Bahrain,” said Malcolm Smart.

“If officials are found to be responsible, they must be brought to justice.”

The text messages reportedly follow the wide circulation of a leaflet a few days ago which contained the photographs and names of a number of human rights defenders and opposition political activists who, it said, were to be targeted.

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DubaiTouristen landen schnell im Knast

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 10, 2008


“Dubai ist eine aus Lügen gebaute Welt”


Quelle: Spiegel online

Von Ulrike Putz, Kairo

Dubais Touristen und Edel-Gastarbeiter leben im Luxus – und landen schnell im Knast. Der ägyptische Banker Mo wurde am Flughafen mit 0,03 Gramm Hasch erwischt und zu vier Jahren Haft verurteilt. Rechtshilfeorganisationen sind besorgt: Immer öfter gebe es wegen Lappalien drakonische Strafen.

Foto: Copyright Sheikha all Rights reserved

Kairo – Dubai

Eigentlich war seine Reise schon zu Ende, als die Odyssee begann. Der 27-jährige Mo hatte alle Passkontrollen hinter sich gebracht, sein Gepäck abgeholt, im Duty-Free in der Ankunftshalle des Flughafens Dubai noch zwei Fläschchen Parfum für Freunde erstanden.

Glitzerndes Emirat Dubai: “Opfer des Dubai-Marketings”Dann kam ein Mann in der weißen Dischdascha der Golf-Araber auf ihn zu. “Welche Nationalität”, fragte der Kriminalbeamte. Und ob er Hasch rauche. Nein, warum? “Du siehst so aus”, sagte der Mann in dem bodenlangen Gewand und befahl Mo mitzukommen.

Ein enger Raum in den Katakomben des Dubaier Flughafens war die erste Zelle, die der Banker von innen sah, die erste in einer langen Reihe.
Während er sich nackt ausziehen musste, wurden seine Sachen durchsucht. Schließlich fischte ein Sicherheitsbeamter ein dunkles Krümelchen aus Mos Jeanstasche. “Das ist doch Haschisch!”, rief er und Mo ahnte: Jetzt steck ich in der Klemme.
Seit anderthalb Jahren lebte er in Dubai und er hatte genug Geschichten über die drakonischen Strafmaße des Wüstenstaates gehört. Er wusste: Wer als Ausländer in Dubai mit dem Gesetz in Konflikt kommt, sollte sich auf alles gefasst machen.
Es war das glitzernde, glamouröse Image der Emirate, das den jungen Ägypter direkt nach dem Master-Abschluss in London nach Dubai zog. Als eine internationale Bank ihn für die Filiale am Golf anheuerte, freute er sich. Zehntausende hoffnungsfroher Berufsanfänger ziehen jedes Jahr nach Dubai: Europäer, Australier, Araber, alle mit exzellentem Englisch, viele mit Studienabschlüssen von renommierten Universitäten. “Die Emirate sind voller junger Abenteurer, man hat Spaß, feiert viel und arbeitet gleichzeitig sehr professionell”, erinnert sich Mo, der seinen Nachnamen nicht nennen möchte. Der Spaß war vorbei, als sich Mo am 4. Juni dieses Jahres in der Flughafenzelle wieder fand. “Da bin ich zum ersten Mal mit dem echten Dubai konfrontiert worden.”
“Ich kiffe nicht, das interessiert mich nicht”

Mos Geschichte hatte ein Woche zuvor in Kairo begonnen. Seine deutsch-ägyptische Lieblingscousine heiratete ihren neuseeländischen Freund, 300 Gäste waren angereist, aus aller Welt, um am Pool des besten Hotels in Kairo zu feiern. Auf Bitten von Partygästen besorgte Mo über Freunde ein Stück Haschisch, übergab es und vergaß die Angelegenheit. “Ich kiffe nicht, das interessiert mich nicht, ich hab mich da weiter nicht drum gekümmert.” Zwei Tage später reiste er ab, flog zuerst nach London, wo er noch eine Wohnung hat. Während des Zwischenstopps gab er seine Sachen in die Reinigung, auch die Hose, in deren Tasche er die etwa acht Gramm Hasch transportiert hatte, und in der anscheinend ein Krümel hängen geblieben war.

Am schlimmsten, sagt Mo, sei die Unsicherheit gewesen. Noch am Tag seiner Verhaftung hatten die Polizisten in seinem Beisein das Krümelchen gewogen, dass sie bei ihm gefunden hatten. Als die Waage 0,03 Gramm anzeigte, war Mo beruhigt: Das ist ja nichts, da kann mir ja nichts passieren, sagte er sich. Der Urintest war negativ, mit dem er auf Drogenkonsum getestet wurde. Mo wähnte sich schon bald frei.

Doch dann wurde er in eine Sammelzelle des Flughafengefängnisses gebracht. 130 Mann pro Raum, geschlafen wurde in Schichten, es stank, und was seine Zellengenossen berichteten, trieb Mo in die Verzweiflung. “Sie sagten mir auf den Kopf zu, dass ich vier Jahre kriegen würde, dass ich mir keine Illusionen machen soll.” Auch der zwischenzeitlich von seiner Familie engagierte Anwalt machte ihm keine Hoffnung. Wie im Film habe er daraufhin seinen Kopf gegen die Wand geschlagen und gefleht, dass alles nur ein Traum sei, erzählt Mo an diesem Nachmittag am Pool eines Luxushotels in Kairo.
Drei Minuten dauerte die Verhandlung

Wer ihn so auf seiner Liege sieht, könnte ihn für irgendeinen Sohn aus gutem Kairoer Hause halten: Ray-Ban-Sonnenbrille, edle Surf-Shorts, teure Sonnenkosmetik. Doch wer ihn reden hört, merkt: Vier lange Monate auf der Schattenseite des Lebens haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen. “Ich bin da noch lange nicht drüber weg, da müssen erst viele gute Dinge passieren, um das aufzuwiegen”, sagt Mo.

Einen Monat nach seiner Festnahme wird der junge Mann in das neue Zentralgefängnis in der Wüste von Dubai verlegt, seinen Job bei der Bank hat er längst verloren. Bis zum Prozess dauert es noch mal neun Wochen. “In Dubai gilt man als schuldig, bis das Gegenteil bewiesen ist, so sieht die Realität aus”, erzählt Mo. Drei Minuten, schätzt Mo, dauerte die Verhandlung, dann fiel das Urteil: Vier Jahre Haft wegen Drogenbesitzes für eigenen Gebrauch, danach Deportation.

Er wird in den Trakt für verurteilte Verbrecher verlegt, nach dem anfänglichen Schock findet er sich mit dem neuen Alltag ab. Drei Mal am Tag Essen, Ausgang an der frischen Luft, einmal wöchentlich nach Sonnenuntergang. Tagsüber dürfen die Gefangenen sich auf dem Flur aufhalten – “aber da sind auch richtig schwere Jungs, Mörder und Vergewaltiger, da will man nicht raus”.

Mo hat Glück, in seiner Zelle sind nur andere kleine Drogenfälle untergebracht. “Zwei Briten, ein Amerikaner, ein Libanese und ein weiterer Ägypter, alle wegen 0,01 bis 0,5 Gramm Hasch oder Marihuana.” Andere Flurgenossen sitzen für geradezu lachhafte Vergehen ein, erzählt Mo:

Ein Engländer, der sich während eines achtstündigen Aufenthalts am Dubaier Flughafen Bewegung verschaffen wollte und Liegestütze machte, habe drei Monate für “Belästigung des Flughafenbodens” bekommen.

Ein anderer habe mitten in der Wüste an eine Straßenlaterne gepinkelt und dafür ein Jahr Gefängnis bekommen.

Sie alle finden sich in einer Welt wieder, in der die Flurvorsteher Schutzgelder kassieren und Angebote für schnellen Sex auf der Zelle an der Tagesordnung sind.
Eines Tages knüppeln 40 Wachleute ohne ersichtlichen Grund auf die Gefangenen ein und hetzen Hunde auf sie. “Ein Armenier fiel dabei die Treppe herunter und ist seitdem gelähmt.” Der Fall schlägt Wellen, Dubaier Medien berichteten von der missglückten “Übung” der Wärter, eine Menschenrechtskommission der Dubaier Polizei ermittelt.

Nicht alle Geschichten, die Mo aus dem Gefängnis erzählt, sind wie die des Armeniers nachprüfbar. Unglaubwürdig sind sie nicht.
“Dubai legt seine Gesetze sehr harsch aus”, sagt Saima Hirji, Anwältin bei “Fair Trials Abroad”, einer Londoner Organisation, die seit 1992 dafür kämpft, im Ausland Verhafteten faire Prozesse zu garantieren. Die Anzahl der Fälle, in denen in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten Petitessen mit drakonischen Strafen geahndet werden, habe in den vergangenen Jahren “bedenklich zugenommen, es ist besorgniserregend”. Vier Jahre als Mindeststrafe für Drogenvergehen “darf einfach nicht wahr sein”, sagt die Anwältin.

“Für immer ein vier Monate langes Loch in meinem Leben”

Auch ihre Organisation habe Leute beraten, bei denen – genau wie bei Mo – mit dem bloßen Auge nicht sichtbare Mengen Drogen gefunden wurden. “Da fragt man sich dann, ob nicht jeder, der mal in Kontakt mit Drogen war, gefährdet ist”, sagt Hirji und berichtet von einem Fall, bei dem der Angeklagte mit dem Schuh in etwas getreten war, was die Polizei als eine winzige Menge Haschisch identifizierte. Angesichts solcher Fälle gebe es kaum eine Chance, sich davor zu schützen, in die Fänge der Dubaier Justiz zu geraten.

“Touristen sollten sich informieren und sich bewusst sein, dass ihnen im Zweifelsfall auch die Botschaft kaum helfen kann.”

Mo hatte letztlich Glück im Unglück. Jedes Jahr erlässt der Scheich von Dubai zum Fastenmonat Ramadan eine Amnestie. Dieses Jahr wurden 480 freigelassen, Mo war dabei. In seiner weißen Gefängniskluft setzte die Polizei ihn am Flughafen ab, an dem er vier Monate vorher gelandet war. Sein Alptraum war vorbei, doch hat er “für immer ein vier Monate langes Loch im Leben”, sagt Mo. Den Verdienstausfall und die Anwaltskosten zusammen genommen haben ihn die 0,03 Gramm Haschisch 50.000 Dollar gekostet. Für eine Weile will er sich in Kairo erholen, dann einen neuen Job in Asien antreten.

Eins, sagt Mo, ist sicher: “Selbst wenn ich dürfte, würde ich nie wieder eine Fuß nach Dubai setzen.” Dubai sehe nach Spaß aus, könne sich aber in einer Sekunde in ein Desaster, in ein Drama verwandelt. “Es ist eine aus Lügen gebaute Welt.”

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