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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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Abu Dhabi Dubai bail out 2011

Posted by 7starsdubai on December 29, 2011


Aldar announced it is selling assets to the government and receiving debt support to the tune of $4.6bn, after receiving a rescue package of $5.2bn in January. That brings the total amount of government aid in Aldar’s 2011 begging bowl to near $10bn. No wonder shareholders are so happy.

That figure is in line with the financial injection that neighbouring Dubai had to pump into the listing ship Nakheel in late 2009 as the business hub, the second largest emirate after oil rich Abu Dhabi, almost teetered over into default.

Of course, it was only the generosity of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, that allowed Dubai to pull back from the cliff’s edge, thanks to a $10bn bailout loan.

The UAE had earlier in 2009 loaned another $10bn to Dubai as the size of its $110bn debt problem came into clearer view.

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United Arab Emirates intellectuals petitioned their ruler for free and democratic elections

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 9, 2011


source CNN

A group of 133 United Arab Emirates nationals have petitioned the president of the country for direct elections.

It includes academics, former government officials, journalists and activists, said Ahmed Mansoor, one of the petitioners.

The petition comes in the midst of a wave of unrest and political change across the region that has brought new leadership to Egypt and Tunisia.

The petition is addressed to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the members of the Supreme Council of the seven Emirates that form the U.A.E.

In addition to elections, the group is also asking that the Federal National Council be granted legislative powers. The body only works in an advisory capacity and has no regulatory powers.

“The group called for a comprehensive reform of the parliamentary system of the Federal National Council (the Parliament), and included demands for free elections by all citizens,” Mansoor said in an email. “It also demanded reform of legislation governing the work of the Parliament to include legislative and monitoring authorities and calling for necessary constitutional amendments to ensure that.”

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United Arab Emirates Desert Fraud Storm

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 7, 2010


source

Millions drained from a bank account. Death threats in the desert. Investors duped.

A politically connected group of New York investors said all of this happened when they launched an insurance venture in Abu Dhabi, according to a startling lawsuit that has drawn attention to rising business fraud in the United Arab Emirates.

The investors are suing the government of Abu Dhabi, members of the royal family and other officials for bilking them out of millions and  threatening to kill an executive.

The UAE consulate in Washington didn’trespond to requests for comment.

Rep. Gary Ackerman, (D-NY), head of the House committee overseeing Middle East affairs, told The Post that he’s aware of the suit and numerous alleged scams in Abu Dhabi’s system.

“I’d liketo see Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates be more responsible for protecting the interests of our investors and those from all over the world who try to invest there,” Ackerman said. “The emirates’ reputations are at stake here.”

Several New York political figures who lost money in the venture include: Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party; Bruce Blakeman, a GOP stalwart who ran in the recent US Senate primary here; and attorney Howard Fensterman, who served as a finance chairman for Sen. Chuck Schumer.

The suit said the group set up a $500 million insurance venture, American Gulf Insurance, at the behest of Abu Dhabi officials. After courting investors with lavish palace parties, royal family members supplied licenses and consultants to help the company through a $500 million public stock offering there set for September 2009, in exchange for IPO stakes.

Just ahead of the IPO, the group’s US executive, Azzam Rustom, said he discovered that $19million in an escrow account for the IPO had disappeared from an emirate-based bank through forged documents made by a military notary atthe office of a crown prince, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, according to court papers.

Rustom claims that after he complained to the government’s criminal investigation division, four menflashing badges abducted him from his home for a 12-hour terror-filled drive into the desert while threatening to chop off his head.

Accordingto the lawsuit, abductors warned, “You need to forget about this
situation, and if you don’t, you will find yourself in the desert with your head cut off, and in our country, no one will ever find you.”

With no local remedy at hand, investors went public with their claims in state court in Florida, where Rustom resides and runs a national insurance group, Gateway Insurance.

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Abu Dhabi Royal acquitted – The New York Times News Blog

Posted by 7starsdubai on January 12, 2010


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Dubai and Abu Dhabi: Be careful with cheques, police warn

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 25, 2009


source TheNational 
May 25. 2009

Bank customers in UAE must be careful while writing and signing cheques to avoid penalties that can include jail, according to Abu Dhabi Police.

Speaking yesterday at a banking workshop, Lt Col Abdulwahab al Hosani, head of investigations at the capital police section, said banks often make customers sign blank cheques when they apply for loans in a bid to speed up applications.

“Some people are in a hurry to get the loan to buy a car or property, so they sign without even knowing the conditions”, said Lt Col al Hosani. “Some banks would then issue monthly cheques for that person, which he or she cannot pay, and result in a number of bouncing cheques. A person could go to jail because of bounced cheques.”

Ismail al Bloushi, a senior official at the UAE Central Bank, said there were fewer returned cheques this year. When the economy was booming people used cheques more.

In the past four months, out of 9,742,073 cheques issued, almost six per cent were returned, less than last year, police say.

The bank will try to resolve the issue if a cheque bounces, and refer it to police if they fail. The police may also try to find a solution before going to court.

The Central Bank closes accounts with more than four returned cheques a year, and keeps a blacklist of customers with a history of bouncing cheques.

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„Folter geht uns alle an“ – German Press – Torture – Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 18, 2009


source German Press Merkur

Dietramszell , Germany, 18.05.2009

Mit Applaus ist am Sonntag die Predigt von Pfarrer Franz Burgey quittiert worden. Er hatte die Machenschaften von Skeikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan kritisiert.

Die Kirchgänger beklatschten die Stellungnahme des Ortsgeistlichen von Lochen und Linden, der sich ausdrücklich von den Machenschaften von Prinz Issa Bin Zayed al-Nahyan distanziert hatte.

Pfarrer Burgey, emeritierter Professor und Hobby-Historiker, ist bekannt für seine tiefschürfenden Predigten. Gestern nutzte er die Gunst die Stunde, um manchen Stammtischparolen eine klare Absage zu erteilen. Immer wieder wird in Dietramszell argumentiert, der Scheich sei nun Mal aus einem anderen Kulturkreis. Das Sprichwort „andere Länder, andere Sitten“ ist nach Burgeys Worten aber „völlig unzutreffend“. Unter Berufung auf islamische Gelehrte sagte der Ortsgeistliche: „Mord, Blutvergießen und das Stiften von Unheil, Unordnung und Zerstörung gelten als schwere Verbrechen. Niemand hat das Recht, Leben und Eigentum anderer Menschen zu schädigen oder wegzunehmen.“

Selbst wenn Mordversuch und Folter in anderen Ländern erlaubt wären, sagte Burgey, „erwarten wir von einem Mitbürger, der hier in Deutschland unter dem Schutz der deutschen Gesetze lebt, dass er sich auch anderswo entsprechend benimmt, sonst ist er als Nachbar nicht tragbar“. Landesweit sei mit Empörung aufgenommen worden, dass Dietramszeller die Folterungen mit dem Verweis auf die Landessitten in Abu Dhabi gleichmütig hingenommen hätten. „Es geht mir nicht darum, Leute wegen unglücklicher Äußerungen zu schimpfen“, predigte Burgey. Wenn man plötzlich vor der Kamera oder einem Mikrofon stehe „kann leicht etwas Falsches herauskommen“. Er müsse aber richtig stellen: „Es geht uns sehr wohl etwas an, wenn der Scheich in Abu Dhabi foltert.“ Demokratie bestehe wesentlich im Hinsehen, nicht im Wegsehen.

Mesner Johann Mayer begrüßte die Erklärungen von Pfarrer Burgey. „Es ist schwierig für den einfachen Bürger die Sachverhalten zu erfassen und zu verstehen.“ Aus diesem Grund sei die „aufklärende, sachliche Predigt“ des Pfarrers sehr hilfreich gewesen. Die Rede habe „den Horizont erweitert“ – schließlich solle und könne man sich nicht auf das Gerede anderer verlassen. (xb/ee)

ZDF Heute Journal Germany 10.May. 2009 , Report Torture Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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German ZDF Heute Journal May 10, 2009 TV Report about the Torture Video Issa Nahyan

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 18, 2009


ZDF Heute Journal Germany 10.May. 2009 , Report Torture Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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UAE ‘torture’ case seen as critical test of justice

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 16, 2009


source FinancialTimes  May 16.2009 by Andrew England Abu Dhabi  and Simeon Kerr in Dubai

The footage begins with an assault rifle allegedly being fired by a member of the United Arab Emirates’ ruling family. Bullets throw up clouds of sand as they smash into the desert, inches from a cowering Afghan grain trader.

It moves on to the Afghan being beaten with a cattle prod and a plank of wood, and concludes with a 4×4 vehicle being driven over his battered body.

The video lasts just minutes and was recorded more than three years ago. But, for the UAE, an oil-rich nation desperate to hold itself up as a model international business hub, it has thrown up a critical test.

The man alleged to have carried out the assault in the so-called “torture video” is Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a half-brother of the UAE’s president and of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the capital and wealthiest of the seven city states that make up the emirates.

In the past, scandals involving the Gulf’s large ruling families were dealt with in-house and its members were seen to be above the law and almost any form of public scrutiny.

But this time it is different. The video has been leaked, broadcast by American television, posted on the internet and widely distributed to politicians in the US, a key ally with which the UAE is hoping to negotiate a deal on civilian nuclear trade.

In the wake of the international outcry, Abu Dhabi authorities announced that they had detained Sheikh Issa and launched a criminal investigation into the allegations, the first move of its kind in the UAE.

With the world’s eyes increasingly on the oil nations of the Gulf, image-conscious Abu Dhabi appears to have accepted that it had no choice but to act amid the scrutiny.

“The UAE is clear on its desire to be global and be measured by best of international standards,” says Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a political scientist at Emirates University. “And if it wants to measure itself with the best of international standards, it has to apply it across the board.”

In recent years the UAE has grown more engaged with the outside world and has moved to quell international censure. It has reimbursed child camel jockeys, improved labour rights and worked out principles for sovereign wealth funds to follow.

Dubai expatriates have long passed on stories of foreigners who ended up in jail – the “Hilton Jumeirah”, as some dubbed the city’s old prison – for crossing the wrong sheikh or wellconnected national, usually over a failed business deal.

Lawyers say some individuals can still pervert the course of justice by wielding influence before a trial. But once cases go to court, it is generally more difficult to influence the judiciary.

The decision to prosecute a former finance minister, Mohammed bin Kharbash, for alleged fraud at a state-linked real estate company, seems to back the proclamation last year by Dubai ruler’s that no one is above the law.

Most locals argued that Mr bin Kharbash was too powerful to face trial and the move sent shockwaves through the community. Another former minister had a month earlier been found guilty of embezzling assets from a business partner.

However, there are some foreign complainants in commercial cases who continue to argue that they are not getting a fair hearing.

With the case of Sheikh Issa – one of 19 sons of UAE founding father Sheikh Zayed – many will want to see if the judicial process produces tangible results.

Human Rights Watch argues that, while his detention is significant, “much more needs to be done to restore faith in the country’s police and justice system”.

But Mr Abdulla said it shows that no one – whether it’s “a regular man or superman or a ruling family man” – is above the law.

“We should not be in the habit of hiding our mistakes,” he adds. “The sooner we deal with them in a transparent way, the more we will measure up [as] a transparent and a civilised nation.”

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Royal Sheikh Issa Zayed Al Nahyan Detained by UAE Over Torture Tape Allegations

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 8, 2009


source ABC News 08, May 2009

A member of the royal family in the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, has been “detained” in Abu Dhabi by authorities investigating a chilling videotape that shows him torturing an Afghan grain dealer, according to officials in Washington.

UAE officials told American diplomats the Sheikh was put under “house arrest” this week and prevented from leaving the country as the UAE Ministry of Justice conducts a criminal investigation of the incidents on the videotape, the officials said.

The 45-minute torture tape, first broadcast on ABC News Nightline two weeks ago, shows the Sheikh, the brother of the UAE crown prince, beating his victim with an electric cattle prod and a wooden plank with protruding nails. Men in police uniform are seen on the tape restraining the victim, who has sand shoved down his throat and is later repeatedly run over by a Mercedes Benz SUV driven by the Sheikh.

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Torture-tape Gulf prince accused of 25 other attacks

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 3, 2009


source Guardian UK

New York, Sunday 3 May 2009

US lawyers claim they have videos implicating Abu Dhabi royal in more cases of torture, a week after outcry over his assaults on Afghan businessman.

“I have more than two hours of video footage showing Sheikh Issa’s involvement in the torture of more than 25 people,” wrote Texas-based lawyer Anthony Buzbee in a letter obtained by the Observer.

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More tapes depicting Sheikh Issabin Zayed Al Nahyan torturing victims exist.

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 30, 2009


source CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A videotape of a 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 said.

On Wednesday, an Abu Dhabi government agency issued a statement deploring the video and promising a full investigation.

The Government of Abu Dhabi unequivocally condemns the actions depicted on the video and will conduct a comprehensive review of the matter immediately,” said the statement issued by the Judicial Department’s Human Rights Office, which promised to make its findings public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sorouh MD warns developers to deliver on promises

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 23, 2008


The managing director of Abu Dhabi’s largest publicly listed real estate company has rounded on rogue developers that risk undermining confidence in the city’s property market.Sorouh Real Estate’s Abubaker Al Khouri said that if customers’ expectations of quality are not met, it will have negative impacts on the market as a whole.”We are still in a relatively immature market, in the sense that many purchasers are yet to actually see what their money has bought. Most ‘homeowners’ in the UAE actually only own a promise. So what they are buying is actually the reputation of the firm,” said Al Khouri at this week’s Cityscape exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

“There are real estate companies in the UAE that have yet to deliver a single property,” he continued.”The ones that deliver high quality products will prosper; those that don’t will damage not only themselves, but the market as a whole.”Developers must deliver exactly what they have promised when they sell off-plan, says Al Khouri or confidence could evaporate. “Consumers need to trust the development, the developer and the overall market,” he said.He identified the need for high quality management as critical to ensure confidence remains high, and revealed that it is becoming harder and harder to hire the right people.”What makes a company qualified is professional management and resources, which is increasingly difficult to find at a high calibre, despite the generous packages offered, due to competition in the market and the global real estate boom,” he said.”There has been tremendous growth in the number of developers and that means tremendous growth in the number of professionals needed to make these businesses flourish.”But it is not just today we should be worrying about, it is the future too. That is why developers should invest in the very best calibre of professionals, at every level of the business, including strong investment in training and development of the next generation of managers.”

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