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Briton caught selling cannabis worth just £250 sentenced to death in Abu Dhabi UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 27, 2012


Detained in Dubai responds and calls for governments to act and warn their citizens

“We are very deeply saddened by today’s news reports,” said Radha Stirling, a lawyer who founded the group Detained in Dubai to help foreigners arrested in the UAE for a variety of offences from bouncing cheques to “indecency in public places”, all of which can carry jail terms. “Unfortunately, we are not surprised given the shocking developments regarding reports of police action and the state of the country’s judicial system over recent years.

A 21 year old British Citizen and a 19 year old Syrian have been sentenced to death in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE following a police sting operation that lead to them being charged with selling drugs, to the value of £260.

The mother of the British man collapsed outside the courtroom after the sentencing and was supported by the Syrian’s mother.

There is the opportunity to appeal this decision and we expect to hear further news in the next two weeks, the time in which an appeal must be lodged.

If the sentencing is upheld on appeal, the method of execution in the United Arab Emirates is usually by Firing Squad.

Radha Stirling, Founder of Detained in Dubai:

“We are very deeply saddened by today’s news reports of a 21-year-old Briton sentenced to death in the UAE. Unfortunately, however, we are not surprised given the shocking developments regarding reports of police action and the state of the country’s judicial system over recent years. In response to this news in particularly, we call on national governments, including the UK, to finally take decisive action and properly warn their citizens about the real risks of visiting the UAE.”

“We call on the UK and other national governments to immediately initiate a communications campaign to adequately and properly warn their citizens of the unusual and unexpected risks of stopping over, vacationing, doing business, investing, etc. in the UAE until the country modernises its laws— to parallel the country’s initiatives to desperately attract foreign visitors, vacationers, employees, etc. Until then, we advise all foreign nationals to avoid travel to and through the UAE, because the risks are simply not worth it.”

“The proposed communications campaign would properly aim to balance the massively funded media relations campaigns over recent years, as journalists are well aware, publicising the ‘biggest, brightest, most expensive’ to attract international attention. With even Western celebrities promoting their brands in partnership as well as big business— travel, lifestyle, sports, etc., even arts and culture— others have been influenced by the massive publicity perceiving the UAE as a suitable and safe destination. We receive countless calls weekly from various people from all walks of life caught out in the UAE, some in ways they had never even imagined.”

These include but are not limited to:

1.  Pharmaceutical drugs found in blood tests such as painkillers

2.  Wrongful accusations of drug consumption without evidence

3.  Poppy seeds on the bottom of shoe from bread roll

4.  Breach of Decency charges based on clothing

5.  Imprisonment after kissing on the cheek

6.  Swearing

7.  Being drunk in public, without evidence

8.  Bouncing a cheque

9.  Credit card payment issues and other debt

10. Breach of Trust without sufficient evidence

“We are grateful to any news organizations and journalists to help get the word out on a consistent basis until every person from all walks of life, especially impressionable youth, are fully aware of the realities and risks of visiting the UAE.”

Contact Radha Stirling +34 693467906

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Briton Peter Margetts suffers stroke’ in Dubai prison

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 9, 2012


A British businessman on hunger strike in a Dubai prison where he is serving a 23-year sentence for allowing cheques to bounce is reported to have suffered a stroke..

Radha Stirling, founder of the campaign group Detained in Dubai, said yesterday: “I have spoken to several of the prisoners who were on hunger strike with Peter. They have confirmed to me that Peter has suffered a stroke and is in a very bad way.”

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Dubai British Hunger Striker Safi Qurashi Collapses in Prison

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 9, 2012


LONDON and DUBAI, June 8, 2012

Safi Qurashi a British businessman serving a disputed 7 year sentence was taken to Dubai Police Hospital. His sister in Dubai received a call today from prison inmates stating that he had collapsed. They said he had been experiencing breathing difficulties and chest pain for the last few days. Qurashi is over 40 days into a hunger strike & has lost a lot of weight; he is diabetic. The prison cellmate said that he has been taken to the Police HQ clinic as medical staff said that he had an irregular heartbeat. Family members are anxiously waiting for more news.

 

Dubai’s Attorney General – Essam Al Humaidan and Advocate General Khalifa Bin Deemas have been reviewing Qurashi’s case over the last month. Family members are due to meet them next week to discuss the situation and are hoping to secure Safi’s immediate release.

 

YouTube video “Imagine” released by his daughter last week has had 1000’s of hits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JOndzy4VYA)

 

Campaign website: http://www.justiceformydad.com/

 

Quotes:

Sara Qurashi (daughter) aged 13 (Dubai): I am so worried about dads life. My dad is innocent, he owes nobody any money. 3 different court reports also say this, yet they keep my dad in prison. Why?

Brother inlaw (London):Everyone is devasted about what has happened and concerned about his health. How can a man who is proven as a victim of fraud remain imprisoned?.”

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For media enquiries – Faria Afridi on +44(0)7904-305994 or Saba Hussain on +44(0)7949-020963. Email: info@justiceformydad.com

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Dubai detained American Adam Foster claims torture

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 16, 2011


Adam Foster has been detained in Dubai since his arrest on February 26. He is charged with stealing police handcuffs

source CNN

Detained in Dubai for more than two months in the United Arab Emirates faces up to seven years in prison for stealing police handcuffs, an allegation he says he only confessed to after being tortured.

A judge in Dubai is expected to hand down a verdict next week against Adam Foster, 30, of Burdett, New York, whose case has become the focal point of a grassroots letter-writing campaign via Facebook that calls for his release.

“It’s hard to be hopeful at this point,” Foster told CNN by telephone Thursday from Dubai, where he has been detained since his February 26 arrest. “I don’t want to think I’m going to be getting out of here in a few days and then find I have to stay for seven years.”

The UAE has charged Foster with theft of government property, possession of police paraphernalia and theft at night. If found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison.

The U.S. State Department confirmed that Foster was detained. American consular officers met him on February 28 before UAE authorities released him on bail March 1.

Foster said he found the handcuffs a day earlier on the ground at a mall parking lot, about a mile and half from the police station where he was questioned.

“I was thinking ‘souvenir,'” Foster said. “They were lying on the ground. So I picked them up.”

Foster, who was on his way home after a six-week stint as a contractor for Dubai Energy Water Authority, was arrested after authorities found the handcuffs in his luggage during a routine security screening at the Dubai airport.

He said he was pulled off the plane, questioned and taken to a police station, where he was interrogated twice by two officers.

It was during that second round of questioning, after hours of maintaining his innocence, he said he was beaten and forced to confess.

Officials in the UAE did not respond to a CNN request for comment.

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Cellmate said Dubai British Tourist Lee Bradley Brown attacked by SIX guards

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 8, 2011


source Daily Mail

A prisoner who shared a cell with a British tourist allegedly beaten to death by guards in a Dubai police station has revealed how he begged him to help save his life.

The witness said Lee Brown, 39, told him: ‘Please, please help me. Call my embassy, call my family . . . They beat me badly. Please help me otherwise I will die.’

His testimony includes the claim that after being attacked by six officers, Mr Brown was left alone for four days to die in his cell and that no officers checked on him. The officers, he says, even joked: ‘He’s crazy. Let him die in there.’

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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.
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  • 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

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Minister of Interior

Human Rights Directorate

POB: 398, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fax: +971 4 3981119

Salutation: Your Excellency

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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

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British Burj Al Arab Tourist beaten to Death in a Dubai police station

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 14, 2011


Dubai Burj Al Arab

A British tourist was beaten to death by officers in a Dubai police station after being arrested for swearing, it was

Dubai British Tourist beaten to death at Police stationclaimed yesterday.

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.

Police sources say he was ‘badly beaten up’ by a group of police officers, leaving him unconscious on the floor.

Inmates told how they watched officers bundle him into a body-bag and drag him out of the building.

During Mr Brown’s six days in Bur Dubai police station, guards refused to give him enough food and water and did not let him see a lawyer, it is alleged.

His sister learned about the attack when she received a phone call from an inmate on Sunday, claiming her brother had been beaten.

The prisoner found her phone number on a photocopy of her brother’s passport which had been left behind in the cell.

She contacted the British Embassy in Dubai, and on Monday an official was sent to visit Mr Brown at the police station.

But the official was turned away by an officer who claimed Mr Brown did not want to see him and had ‘declined consular assistance’.

source continue reading Daily Mail

or The SUN

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UAE human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor detained after death threats

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 10, 2011


Duba April 9, 2011 – Ahmed Mansoor, Human Rights Activist and Blogger from the United Arab Emirates , was taken from his apartment in Dubai on Friday April 8, 2011 afternoon,  he has not been heard from since he was taken from his Dubai apartment Friday, his wife said.

Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

CNN report that Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, the commander-in-chief of Dubai police, said he was not aware whether Mansoor had been arrested, but promised to look into it.

The last posts  from the Website and the Twitter Account of Ahmed Mansoor

Came up to me at 3:50 They came to take me in at 3:50 am

April 8, 2011

The security guard of my building came to my apartment at 3:50 am few minutes ago. I could tell immediately that there is something wrong. i reluctantly opened and asked him what? he said there are three policemen waiting for you in the main entrance, i told him are you sure they are policemen? he said yes. they told me to tell to go and see them down, i told him what they need? he said they say something related to the car. i told him then send them up to my apartment. closed the door and called Dubai police immediately, and i told him the story that i was told by the guard, and i told them that i have been receiving death threats and that i can not go down like this. they told me you are right and we will send some one to check, stay home. after minutes somebody from Dubai police called me from his mobile and asked me guide him to the place, i did, he told me i will call you back.

he called me back after minutes telling that they are suspecting your car and would like to take it. i told him if they want to take the car they can do that in the morning, not 2:50 am. or they are the State Security making their old trick i further said. he said now will you come down or not? i told him if they want the car they can take it, he said what about your belongings, i said there is nothing valuable there, they can take it.

this method is well known method of the State Security because they do not have an arrest warrant, they make such tricks to bring you down and take you. i’m ready to go, but they should either do it the right way or by force.

I refused to go down from my apartment and started writing this email. not sure if they took the car or not, i will not soon know. the scenario is that if they take it, they can put whatever they like inside and make a case against me. i’m declaring here that my car is clean of unlawful material, it has a swiss style knife that put there today after receiving 6 death threats and some papers of no great importance.

 

Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

________________________

Death threats against me and on the verge of dismissal from work

Ahmed Mansoor wrote April  7, 2011

Dear all,

I would like to inform you all that I’m facing an unprecedented campaign against me, the result, until yesterday, before the middle of the night, six clear and direct death threats with their real names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos in their facebook profile. They were all UAE citizens and belong to the tribe called ”Al Mazrouei”. The Campaigns and the outrageous insults against me by some individuals were posted in the blogs, Twitter, Facebook and BlackBerry.  All this campaign came after we posted the petition dircted to the head of state and rulers of the Emirates calling for reform in the FNC (the parliament) to extend legislative and regulatory power to it, and after our appearance in some media channels talking about these demands, revolutions in the region, and implications the sensitive time in the region. The strange matter is that most of those who death threatened me declared their full names, phone numbers and some were using their real photos apparently in their facebook profile!

Post by Ahmed Mansoor Dubai from his Website

additionally, Etisalat (the Teleocom provider), which owns the largest share in my company that I work for (Thuraya Teleocm. Comp.) decided suddenly that they need to move Ahmed Masnoor, to work in their group subsidiary in Paksitan. Although I have no relation with Etisalat whatsoever and my contract is directly with Thuraya and Thuraya does not have an office in Pakistan or elsewhere other than UAE.

I still do not understand under what legal stand does Etisalat order Thuraya to take this action.  Management in my company (Chief Human Resource Officer first, then CEO the same day – yesterday, 6 April 2011) told me that the matter is not in their hand and they have no control over it.

There was no doubt in my mind that the matter was an order from the State Security to find a mechanism to get rid of me.

They would get rid of me in all cases in a politically correct way, if I accept, I go to Pakistan, if I don’t I will be fired.

I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I certainly refused to go to Pakistan regardless of the offer. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. I never signed a contract with Etisalat, and my contract is directly with Thuraya. The management of my company was professional and friendly and appreciating to my work, they dealt with me on that basis, it was beyond their hands.

Thought they did not state it, it was clear to all of us that this came from the State Security due to my activism in Human Rights, demand for political reform and late appearance in many TV shows.

I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan. I expect that they will soon send me termination letter as I refused to go to Pakistan.

Just wanted to keep you in the picture. Just wanted to keep you in the picture.

Regards, Regards,

Ahmed Mansoor

___________________________

UAE: “internet thugs” attacking militants

March 17, 2011

Following the trend in Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain, some Emirati “Internet Thugs” have been attacking activists, Jurists and the signatories of a recent petition that called for a reform of the Federal National Council (Parliament) which has been signed by more than 400 citizens after it was published on the Internet.

The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. The Internet, especially the Facebook, Twitter and online discussion forums, has been witnessing an unprecedented attack from some Internet users on activists, noticeably after the revolution of Egypt. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain. Attacks however peaked after the reach of protests to Oman and Bahrain.

Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot. Internet Thugs have been using verbal abuses and insults, threats of physical harm, and recently distributed a electronic circular describing activists as traitors and posting their photos around a gallows (see link below), in a Simi-replica of the scenario that accused Bahraini activist of coup plot.

Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts. Some activists believe that these thugs may belong to security agencies; as UAE usually, and quickly, block such Internet sites, while no action has been taken so far towards these thugs so far, especially that many UAE laws criminalize such acts.

Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them. Some activists whom their photos appeared in the electronic circular hold the security authorities responsible for their personal security and request them to stop the systematic abuse against them.

Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Internet penetration in UAE is one of the most in the Arab world compared to number of the population, opposition and dissents sites however are usually blocked quickly. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security. Reports have also indicated the targeting and harassments of Internet activists by the State Security.

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Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg Link to electronic circular that describe Activist as traitors and shows their photos around a gallows: http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190586_210556472295289_100000228123468_976955_36405_n.jpg

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Dubai Tourists – Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 2, 2011


Jumeirah boss slams Brit poll branding Dubai ‘unsafe

Dubai 31 Mrach 2011 source Arabian Business

The chairman of Jumeirah Group, the state-backed hotel firm that
operates Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, has spoken out against a poll branding Dubai one
of the least safe tourism destinations.

A poll of British holidaymakers published last week placed
Dubai alongside Mexico, South Africa and Jamaica as countries they feel least
safe in, a result condemned by Gerald Lawless.

“You can go into our hotels now and just do a sample of all
of our guests and ask if you think Dubai is safe and 99.9 percent of our guests
will say; ‘Absolutely, it is one of the if not the safest destinations in the
world,’” Lawless told Arabian Business
on the sidelines of a Dubai event…continue reading

To end the confusion about the Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE please read the Update quoted from the Website www.dubaifaqs.com

Despite what some people may think, alcohol is relatively freely
available in Dubai (a very stark contrast to Saudi Arabia). Almost all 4
and 5 star hotels have restaurants and or bars where alcohol is served,
and many sports clubs have restaurant and bar facilities for example
the Aviation Club, the Country Club.

Alcohol Licence requirement in UAE update January 2011

Whether or not a resident of, or visitor to, the UAE requires an
alcohol licence to drink alcohol has been a common subject of
conversation and confusion in the UAE. As far as we knew, the situation
was as follows:

  • An alcohol licence is permission to drink alcohol rather than permission to buy alcohol (similar to a driving licence).
  • Tourists and visitors to the UAE do not need an alcohol
    licence to drink alcohol in bars, restaurants, and other licenced
    establishments in the UAE
    they cannot obtain one anyway since a UAE
    residence visa is a requirement to obtain an alcohol licence.
  • Visitors
    drinking alcohol in private homes was always a grey area – no one really
    knows if that is (or was) legal or not (update: apparently it’s illegal
    – see below)
    .
  • Expat residents of the UAE need an alcohol licence to be
    allowed to drink alcohol, whether in hotels, restaurants, bars,
    nightclubs; or at home; or at private houses belonging to friends and
    acquaintances.
  • The question of UAE citizens requiring an alcohol licence is
    moot since all UAE citizens are Muslims, and Muslims are not issued
    alcohol licences.

A report in The National on 27 December 2010 clarified the confusion (or confused the clarification) by saying Federal
law makes it illegal to consume alcohol in the UAE without a licence –
whether at home or in a hotel, and this applies to both residents and
tourists, according to the Abu Dhabi-based lawyer Khalid Mustafa.

  • The lawyer gave as an example a situation where a taxi has an accident, and the passengers had consumed alcohol: “The
    police would take them to the police station and test them, if they are
    shown to have drunk alcohol, they would be held on suspicion of
    drinking alcohol.
  • Thus reinforcing the Land-of-Irony image of the UAE – how
    can a tourist drink alcohol legally in the UAE if they cannot obtain a
    licence? The answer (as with many other irony-clad situations in the
    UAE) is that you can’t but don’t worry about it unless you’re very
    unlucky or very stupid.
  • An unnamed judge in Dubai in the same report confirmed the confusion by saying “The licence and the law are confusing,
  • A 24 January 2011 report in The National clarified things even further by reporting an unnamed CID official as saying “If
    I walk into a hotel or bar and I can see that the people drinking are
    Muslims, as a security official, I do not have the right to arrest them.

    And also reporting that Even if a someone were walking in the street
    and was clearly drunk but did not have the alcohol with him and was not
    causing problems, police would not arrest him, the officer said
    .
    Which seems to contradict many anecdotal, and media, reports of people
    who have in fact been arrested while appearing to be drunk in public,
    and in some cases not appearing to be drunk but suspected of having had a
    drink. Be careful out there.
  • However, the report did start off by saying Police will
    not arrest anyone for alcohol violations unless some other crime has
    been committed, despite unambiguous laws on the books, according to a
    top police official in the capital
    . Which by and large seems to sum
    up the situation in the UAE. Drinking alcohol per se won’t get you in
    to trouble, but if you do something else to attract the attention of the
    authorities, or are blatantly drinking or drunk in public, then you
    will probably suffer an alcohol related penalty involving a fine (up to
    AED 5,000?), and/or jail (up to 5 years reportedly), and/or deportation.

 

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Please Dubai stand up for justice and free Dubai from those who abuse it’s laws

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 19, 2010


The letter below is from Safi Qurashi where he
has beatifully explained who actually has broken the law and who has
been labelled a criminal.

Safi Qurashi in the letter below has given a clear analogy of how in
his case the victim has become the criminal and the criminal has become
the victim!

source Justiceformydad.com

Imagine the following scenario:
A thief breaks into your house, tries to steal your
belongings and whilst he is trying to steal you wake up, catch him and
lock him in one of your rooms and call the police. The thief, knowing
that he is in trouble also calls the police. The police arrive at your
home.

Now there are laws that have been broken:
1.    Law says it is a crime to lock someone up in a room without their will
2.    Law also says that stealing is a crime
3.    Law states that breaking into a house is a crime
4.    Law says lying to the police is a crime
5.    Law says you are allowed to protect yourself against a thief.

Imagine that when the police arrive you, the homeowner are
arrested, because of Law Number 1 whereas all other laws are ignored.
Imagine when arrested the police only ask you that did you lock a man
in your house and upon saying “yes” you are sent to prison. Imagine the
police, prosecution and courts never asking the thief what he was doing
in the house! Imagine you have CCTV proving he broke into your house,
you have several eye witnesses who say they saw the thief breaking into
your house. Imagine you have have proof that he had already loaded his
car with your belongings which he had stolen and was about to get away,
but the judge refused to allow you to present these facts, denied your
witnesses and never once questioned the thief if his story was true.

Imagine the thief getting away with his crime and stealing your belongings and you get sentenced to 7 years in prison!
Can you imagine this? Is this justice? Does a modern society
with a legal system call this a fair judicial process? For 11 months my
family have been trying to find someone in Dubai who can understand
this point, but because the courts are so heavily in favour of
sentencing those accused of bouncing cheques no consideration was given
to my evidence. All we hear is that the law has been broken, we don’t
care about the reasons behind it , you signed the cheque? Do they mean
they don’t care that someone tried to cheat me, they don’t care that
someone lied to the police, prosecutor and judge, they don’t care that
maybe the bank or at least one of its staff acted fraudulently, they
don’t care if a lawyer broke the law, they don’t care about all the
evidence I have to support my claim, they don’t care about the fact
that my cheques are not bounced cheques!!!!!

We have heard the prosecutor say why didn’t I let him steal
from me and let him get away and then I should have called the police!
Really! You see a crime and don’t stop it, is this the poicy of crime
prevention or has crime prevention become a crime in itself?

How can so many laws be ignored to uphold 1 law?
How can crucial evidence be ignored?
How can an obvious criminal act be ignored?
How can perjury not be a crime?
Why was my judicial process so one sided?

Anybody and everybody around the world who takes 5 minutes to read my case evidence comes to one conclusion….That I am innocent

Here are some facts:

1.Bank  confirms that cheques were NOT Valid for payment partly
becuase they  were stopped by the police and therefore never BOUNCED

2. Police report filed against the complainer

3.Audit Trail Showing money to the seller with bank receipts and proof of payments

4. Transfer Document showing that the buyer had requested to transfer property into their name

5. Valid Agreements and MOU’s

6. UAE Commercial transactions Laws that protect business transactions are being ignored

7. The intent has to be there to break the law, if the evidence
proves that no intent was there then why is it that the judicial system
has labeled me a criminal?

I for one agree that if you break the Law then you should
understand the consequences, but if I did not break the Law then why am
I in jail?


We can prove that Penal Code 401 was not broken since the bank
never cashed or bounced the cheque but instead returned them as
invalid, but no-one wants to listen because apparently it’s too late!
Me and my family were repeatedly told  to rely on the courts process ,
our lawyers and the appeals system! We placed our trust in the system
but there has been a misacarriage of justice and I am hoping the Dubai
Authorities will investigate and bring the real criminals to the stand.

I am asking the authorities that govern the judicial system in the
U.A.E to review my evidence, please speak to my family, my legal
representatives and question the complainants. 

I ask the courts to
question Nakheel and Emirates NBD and check all the financial
documentation and Agreements.


Dubai is a beautiful Emirate and it has achieved so much.
Your vision, I shared. Your values I shared, but today 3 innocent men
are behind bars and the trust I placed in the judiciary system has let
me down.

The system has been manipulated and abused by criminals and
they have gotten away clean and free!


Please Dubai stand up for justice and free Dubai from those
who abuse it’s laws and falsely imprison innocent people and punish
them severly for they are openly mocking the judicial system of one the
most popular, safest, multi-cultural and dynamic cities in the World,
which is governed by one of the greatest visionary Rulers!

Safi Qurashi

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Human Rights Dubai – Details of a detention in UAE

Posted by 7starsdubai on September 19, 2010


source

Report from 2006

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Mohammed al-Roken is perhaps the most prominent human rights activist in Dubai. That distinction has cost him. He was arrested twice. The government forced him out of his job as a professor, canceled his public lectures and banned him from writing in newspapers. His passport was seized, barring him from traveling abroad.

Dr. Mohammed Al Roken was in the lobby of one of Dubai’s hotels on 27 July 2006 where he was with a German lady discussing the convening of an international conference on human rights. Suddenly they were surrounded by a group of security and intelligence men and they were both taken to the Dubai Police General Command – Security and Intelligence Department. Each of them was interrogated separately. The interrogation with Al Roken started with questions about his involvement in Islamic work and his connections with international legal and media organizations.

The questioning was accompanied by insults and degradation. When he started to hold back and remind them of his rights pointing out that he knows no reason for such a surprising and illegal arrest, security men started making fun of him and of the human rights he was talking about.

They threatened him that if he does not cooperate and provide information and stop his activities they will frame him by accusing him of an immoral act. They played a tape of a phone call where Dr. Al Roken was talking to a woman and told him that they were able of dubbing the tape in such a way to use it as evidence to damage his reputation and “expose him before the public”. At the same time the interrogators continued with their humiliating treatment of him. Extremely tired, Dr. Al Roken was forced to give some information about his activities in the fields of human rights and
reform and his affiliations inside the country and outside it without giving too many details.

Late at night, the security men brought him some food. After eating he felt so tired and fell asleep. When he woke up in the morning he felt that his clothes were wet. As he was checking his clothes, the security men took all his clothes off and gave him other clothes to wear. They told him that they will keep the clothes for evidence against him in the crime they are going to invent against him. He had feelings of depression and fear of damaged reputation. After heaps of insults, he was told to get ready as his family was coming to take him home. He was glad to hear that and got ready for going home.

He was taken to another room where a security officer was sitting behind a desk with a document in front of him. Dr. Al Roken was asked to sign the document, when he asked about the content of the document, he was told that it was a
statement admitting to having committed adultery with the German lady. He rejected this and insisted on his innocence, but he was threatened that he will be taken back to cells again where he will be subjected to extreme
psychological torture and will not see his family. At the time Dr. Al Roken had lost his balance and ability to argue, he signed the document telling the interrogator that he does not admit to anything in the statement and that he
signed it under duress. His priority was to get away from pressure and torture, he was asked not to tell anyone of what has happened to him.

Two interrogators took turns in interrogating Dr. Al Roken, one of them dealt the rough treatment and threats and the other dealt the more human treatment and urged Dr. Al Roken to cooperate and he would be
released in a few hours.

After signing the document, Dr. Al Roken was released and arrived home tired and in a very sorry state. He told his family what has happened to him.

Amongst the things he told his family is that the security men were displeased with the relations Dr. Al Roken has with
influential figures in UAE such as Sheikh Sultan Bin Kayed al-Qasemi and others.

He added that the security authorities were upset with his writings, interviews and participation in human rights activities worldwide and asked him to stop all these activities.

Immediately after his release, Dr. Al Roken traveled with his family abroad. On his return security men started contacting him and he refused meeting them for a while then he accepted a meeting with one of them at
the Bustan hotel in Dubai.
The agent asked him for information about the Islamic movement that he is affiliated with. Dr. Al Roken refused to cooperate asking the agent how did he expect him to cooperate while his department had already started, as threatened, damaging his reputation by spreading rumors that he has committed adultery which was not true. The agent denied that his department was spreading such rumors, but Dr. Al Roken told him that his brother and friends told him that such a rumor was being spread and the meeting ended without any results after two hours.

He was summoned again [to the interrogation centre] on Wednesday morning 23/8/2006, he tried not to attend but he was threatened with being arrested. He told his family and brothers before going to the centre where he had to wait till 5:00 pm when they brought him food and drink but he refused to eat or drink to avoid a repeat of what has happened to him the first time.

After that he was blindfolded and a tough interrogator, who was specialized in psychological torture, came into the room and started heaping insults on Dr. Al Roken describing him as an animal, someone without heart or humanity and ill-mannered and tried to get information out of him about the his various activities and names of people he meets in the country and abroad. He was threatened that if he does not admit they will bring members of his family and make them watch a video of him in a sexual act. Dr. Al Roken replied that they have already started to spread damaging rumors about him and that he was sure of his innocence and their threats do not frighten him the least.

The interrogation and psychological torture lasted until 7:10 pm, when he was allowed to pray. After the prayers, another interrogator interviewed Dr. Al Roken without the blindfolds this time. The interrogator started calming him down and apologizing for the rough treatment. Dr. Al Roken was left to spend the night in a cell.

On Thursday morning, the same rough interrogator came to see Dr. Al Roken and repeated the same insults and degrading treatment, but Dr. Al Roken did not cooperate, the session lasted for about three hours. He was then left till Friday afternoon when he was asked to phone his family and ask them to come and bring along his passport to take him home. Dr. Al Roken left his prison cell home extremely tired and in a state of shock as a resultof the psychological torture he was subjected .

The Security Department in Dubai applied for the prosecution of Dr. Al Roken on the accusation of committing adultery with the German lady. The Prosecution Services will decide on Sunday 10 September 2006 whether to go
ahead with the prosecution or not. The Security Department in Dubai threatened that the Prosecution
Services, the forensic laboratories and the Judiciary were all under their influence and that even if Dr. Al Roken was found to be innocent they would have achieved the goal of damaging his reputation.

According to lawyer and independent human rights activist Muhammad al-Roken, the government returned his passport in May 2007 but in 2008 the Ministry of Justice threatened to cancel his law license. Al-Roken received a three-month suspended sentence after being charged with sex out of wedlock in a politically motivated case in 2007.

Read also from The Washinghton Post A Bearth of Politics in Booming Dubai

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Dubai Properties Chairman released from jail after repaying 130 Million

Posted by 7starsdubai on June 17, 2010


source The National
DUBAI , June 16. 2010// The former chairman of Dubai Properties, a unit of Dubai Holding, has been released from jail after repaying Dh130 million in state funds.

Hashim al Dabal was freed after eight months in custody, the Dubai Attorney General, Essam Issa al Humaidan, said yesterday. Mr al Dabal had been held since being taken in for questioning in October on suspicion of taking illegal profits from property transactions.

The funds have been deposited in the Public Prosecution’s treasury and will be returned to the Dubai Government, which owns Dubai Holding. “Mr al Dabal was granted his freedom after he repaid the amounts he acquired through abusing his position and power,” said Mr al Humaidan.

The former Dubai Holding board member was the second executive to be released under similar circumstances under an amnesty law issued last December.

Omar bin Sulaiman, the former governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre, was freed on May 20 after repaying Dh51.5m obtained during his tenure.

While free for now, Mr al Dabal could soon find himself behind bars again. He may face charges with regard to more than 15 separate investigations being conducted by the recently formed Monetary and Public Funds prosecution, which is headed by Ismail Ali Madani.

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