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Unbelievable Smear Campaign against detained UAE blogger Ahmed Mansoor

Posted by 7starsdubai on November 9, 2011

DUBAI (Reuters) – The family of Ahmed Mansoor a blogger on trial for calling for political change in the United Arab Emirates has condemned what it calls a smear campaign against him and urged the government to try to rein in people calling for his death.

United Arab Emirates Blogger Trial 2011 Ahmed Mansoor Human Rights Activist

Ahmed Mansoor is one of five activists accused of encouraging protests, insulting the country’s rulers and disrupting public order earlier this year, in a case described by rights groups as a travesty of justice.

In a statement distributed by his lawyer Mohammed al-Roken, Mansoor’s family said a widely-circulated voice message inviting people to kill him in the run-up to the latest court hearing was proof of an organised effort to provoke violence against him.

The voice message consisted of a poem which names Mansoor and concludes: “Anyone who kills him is excused,” the statement said.

“Our son Ahmed has been subjected to all kinds of incitement and betrayal and doubt in his devotion and insults and slurs against him and his father and elderly mother,” the statement added.

“We call on the authorities and public opinion to intervene to prevent ongoing infringements against our son.”

The family said messages spread via the Internet, phone and television channels had also demanded Mansoor’s citizenship be revoked.

“What has happened during this period is strange to the morals and values of Emirati society and a blatant interference in the work of the judiciary, which turns public opinion against Ahmed and his imprisoned friends in an unprecedented way.”

Mansoor, the main defendant in the trial, is accused of running a website where others could express anti-government views.

“Ahmed Mansoor is innocent and he has not yet been convicted of any crime and it has not been proven at all that he wrote or said anything to insult (the rulers),” his family said.

The UAE, the world’s third biggest oil exporter, has not seen the kind of protests that have rocked Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria.

A verdict in the trial, which began in June, is expected in late November.

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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.


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.


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


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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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’.

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or The SUN

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Libyan woman said forces loyal to Gadhafi detained her at a checkpoint Tripoli and raped her

Posted by 7starsdubai on March 26, 2011

Libya  March 26, 2011

A distressed Libyan woman made a desperate plea for help on Saturday, slipping into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign journalists to show bruises and scars she said had been inflicted on her by Muammar Gaddafi’s militiamen.

The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, said forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi detained her at a checkpoint in the Libyan capital and raped her.
Video from the szene and continue Reading Telegraph UK

For updates on the recent situation in Libya follow:

Libya Live Telegraph UK

Posted in Gadaffi, Gaddafi Regime, Human Rights, Iman al-Obeidi, Libya, Libya Torture, Middle East Democracy Crackdown, Rape Victim Libya, Saif al Islam Gadaffi, Torture Libya, Unrest Middle East | Tagged: , , , , , | Comments Off on Libyan woman said forces loyal to Gadhafi detained her at a checkpoint Tripoli and raped her

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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ZDF-Journalist Souad Mekhennet had been detained by Egyptian authorities

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 8, 2011

source New York Times and ZDF

We had been detained by Egyptian authorities, handed over to the country’s dreaded Mukhabarat, the secret police, and interrogated. They left us all night in a cold room, on hard orange plastic stools, under fluorescent lights.

But our discomfort paled in comparison to the dull whacks and the screams of pain by Egyptian people that broke the stillness of the night. In one instance, between the cries of suffering, an officer said in Arabic, “You are talking to journalists? You are talking badly about your country?”

A voice, also in Arabic, answered: “You are committing a sin. You are committing a sin.”

We — Souad Mekhennet, Nicholas Kulish and a driver, who is not a journalist and was not involved in the demonstrations — were detained Thursday afternoon while driving into Cairo. We were stopped at a checkpoint and thus began a 24-hour journey through Egyptian detention, ending with — we were told by the soldiers who delivered us there — the secret police. When asked, they declined to identify themselves.

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Die ZDF-Journalistin Souad Mekhennet wurde von der  ägyptischen Geheimpolizei verschleppt und hat einen Tag im Gefängnis gesessen. Dabei hat sie miterlebt, wie Menschen misshandelt wurden.

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Sanctions against Iran Human Rights abuses – Hillary Clinton

Posted by 7starsdubai on October 2, 2010

Citing “mounting evidence” of repression of the Iranian opposition, the Obama administration added more sanctions against Iranian government officials, members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps and others accused by the United States of being responsible for human rights abuses.

The sanctions, announced Wednesday by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, block the assets of, and prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in any business with, those on the list, which includes the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s prosecutor general, and the ministers of welfare and intelligence.

“On these officials’ watch or under their command Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed,” Clinton said. “Yet the Iranian government has ignored repeated calls from the international community to end these abuses, to hold to account those responsible, and respect the rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens.”

“Today we declare our solidarity with their victims and with all Iranians who wish for a government that respects their
human rights and their dignity and their freedom,” she said.

Geithner emphasized the measures would not harm the whole country, rather the sanctions were designed to target those who engage in behavior that harms the Iranian people.

“We have found that when we single out Iran’s bad actors and expose their illicit conduct–banks, businesses,and governments around the world respond by cutting off dealings with these individuals, groups and businesses,” he said, adding the measures would send a message across the world about the risks to continued business with Iran, just as with the recent sanctions against Iran’s nuclear business.

The US has been increasing its criticism of Iran’s goverment’s human rights record since President Mahmoud
Amhadinejad’s disputed landslide election victory unleashed massive demonstrations in the country. Iran’s leaders called the uprising a foreign-led plot to overthrow the regime. It cracked down on the protesters, with many killed and even more jailed. Images of the bloody crackdown fueled worldwide outrage.

Clinton said that new legislation passed earlier this year gives the administration tools to impose sanctions against Iranian officials where there are credible evidence against them. But she acknowledged the administration was
“also very mindful” since last year’s election about messages from the opposition about keeping a low profile.

“We had to be careful that this indigenous opposition that we certainly had nothing to do with, that was attempting to stand up for the rights of the Iranian people, was not somehow seen as a U.S. enterprise, because it wasn’t,”
she said, adding: “And so walking that line in trying to be both encouraging, forthright and strong in our support of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Iranian people, at the same time not giving any reason for the Iranians to claim that this reaction from within was somehow either motivated or directed or connected with us, required a
balancing act.

The order targets Mohammad Ali Jafari, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC); Sadeq Mahsouli, current minister of welfare and security and former minister of the Interior; Qolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, current prosecutor general of Iran and former minister of intelligence; Saeed Mortazavi, former prosecutor-general of Tehran; Heydar Moslehi, minister of Intelligence; Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, current minister of the Interior and former
deputy commander of the armed forces for law enforcement; Ahmad-Reza Radan, deputy chief of Iran’s National Police; and Hossein Taeb, current deputy IRGC commander for intelligence and former commander of the IRGC’s Basij Forces.

source CNN

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Harassed, stalked and tortured by Emaar – US citizen sues Emaar

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 16, 2010


Dubai based  Emaar Propertiesbest known for building the world’s tallest
building, the Burj Khalifa, has been sued in California for torture and
false imprisonment by American businessman Lionel Lombard. United States
District Court, Eastern District of California, Case 2:10-at-00928 LOMBARD v. EMAAR USA et al.

Mr. Lombard a former partner in a Dubai public relations firm complained
about Apartheid and treatment of foreign workers at one of Emaar’s
flagship properties, The Springs.

Mr. Lombard, an American citizen, was repeatedly harassed by Emaar’s
security guards because of his stance. After he took his case directly
to Emaar’s chairman, Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Lombard was imprisoned for
almost two years, beaten and tortured in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

All charges against Lombard were dropped in February 2010 without
explanation. Non citizens are often imprisoned in Dubai at the whim of
officials or due to business disputes. Despite attempts by Dubai to
portray itself as a progressive business and tourist destination, the
reality is that hundreds of non citizens are jailed each year due to
minor civil disputes. Emaar and Mr. Alabbar became incensed at Lombard after local media picked up his story.
The lawsuit also charges Emaar’s USA Division with unfair competition under California law. Emaar is the developer of the ultra luxury Beverly West tower in Los Angeles.
According to attorney Jonathan Levy, Emaar engages in illicit  business practices by imprisoning and torturing its critics.

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Dubai Debtors Prisons – Legal System on trial

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 11, 2010

source Bloomberg

Reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Dubai at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net; The editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg

Not long ago, British businessman Ryan Cornelius was living the high life, doing deals out of Bahrain and taking his family big-game fishing on his yacht and on safari in Kenya. He’s now into his third year in a Dubai jail cell, yet to be convicted of anything.“The worst aspect of the way we’ve been treated is the fact that the legal system seems to be so suspended in its own inefficiency,” he said from a pay phone at Dubai’s Central Prison. “We just don’t seem to move forward. The whole legal system seems to hold you in a state of constant suspension.”

Cornelius, 56, and six co-defendants have been charged with defrauding Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC of $501 million, one of the largest such cases in the history of United Arab Emirates. He says he did nothing wrong, and like others, foreigners and nationals, who profited in Dubai in the boom times, he waits in prison as the legal system slowly tries to separate the guilty from the innocent of those
arrested in an anti-corruption drive.

Dubai’s image as the Singapore of the Middle East, a global hub for finance and tourism, is being tested as it tries to clamp down on excesses such as fraud and over development, which came with an explosion of people and investment. Its judicial system still often has more in common with its regional neighbours than the Western nations that it aspires to emulate, say lawyers and economists who work there.

The government won’t say how many people have been arrested in the two-year campaign against financial corruption. Detained in Dubai, a London-based lobbying group, says several hundred executives may have been jailed.

Debtors’ Prisons In all, about 40 percent of the 1,200 people in Dubai Central Prison have been convicted of defaulting on bank loans, Human Rights Watch said in a report in January. Even after completing their sentences, the New York-based group said, prisoners are likely to remain in jail until their debt is paid off, unlike in the U.S. or the

U.K., where debtors’ prisons were abolished in the 19th century.

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British rape victim back in UK after a four-week nightmare in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 4, 2010

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read also : Los Angeles Times
and ….. Huffingtonpost

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Escape from Dubai – Washington Post – Herve Jaubert fled last Summer

Posted by 7starsdubai on August 20, 2009

Escape from Dubai , Hervet Jaubert

Escape from Dubai , Hervet Jaubert

source Washington Post

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Herve Jaubert, a French spy who left espionage to make leisure submarines for the wealthy, was riding high.

Bankrolled by Dubai World, a government-owned conglomerate, he built a submarine workshop on the Persian Gulf, lived rent-free in a villa with a pool and tooled around town in a red Lamborghini. He had two Hummers. He vacationed with local plutocrats.

Jaubert said he heard whispers about Dubai’s darker side — the abuse of desperate laborers from impoverished Asian lands, the jailing of the occasional Westerner who crossed a sheik — but “I brushed it all off. I saw glamour. I saw marble columns, mirrors and money.”

Today, the former intelligence operative, who fled Dubai last summer in a rubber dinghy, is a wanted man. In June, a Dubai court convicted him in absentia on charges of embezzling $3.8 million and handed down a five-year sentence, plus a big fine. Jaubert, speaking recently at his new home near West Palm Beach, Fla., said he stole nothing and vowed never to set foot in Dubai again. He said he fled because of gruesome threats by interrogators to stick needles up his nose and what he described as constantly shifting, and all bogus, accusations relating to bullets, murder and the finances of Dubai World’s now-defunct luxury submarine subsidiary.

“If I hadn’t escaped, I’d be in the same hell as everyone else,” said Jaubert, one of scores of expatriate business people in this gleaming city-state who have been accused of crimes — and, in some cases, jailed for long periods without being charged.

Jaubert’s troubles began two years ago when Dubai’s then-booming economy was showing the first faint signs of strain. Local stock and property prices have since swooned, and the tempo of arrests for alleged business misdeeds ranging from a dud check — a criminal offense here — to serious fraud has picked up sharply.

Dubai’s government declined to comment on Jaubert’s allegations of mistreatment. But it has targeted what it sees as dodgy dealmakers and deadbeat debtors, and has declared “no tolerance” of “anybody who makes illegal profits.” For many expatriates, however, the crackdown smacks of a hunt for foreign culprits to blame for the sheikdom’s sliding economic fortunes.

‘It’s All a Bit Scary’

A haven of stability in a region of tumult, Dubai is usually a place people flee to, not from. Foreigners, lured by what President Obama in a June speech in Cairo hailed as the “astonishing progress” of this autocratic but vibrant Persian Gulf metropolis, account for more than 90 percent of the population, and 99 percent of private-sector workers.

But a severe economic slump has reversed the flow. Those who came to Dubai seeking fortunes in property, banking and luxury goodies for the rich now face a less alluring prospect — a prison cell or furtive flight. Only a tiny minority has been picked up by police but, says a longtime foreign resident who runs a company here, “It’s all a bit scary. They are looking for people to carry the can.” The foreign resident, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said a British neighbor was picked up last year.

The turbulence is a blow to a place that promoted itself as the Middle East’s answer to Hong Kong or Singapore. It is also a setback for Washington, which has for years touted Dubai as a model of a modern, prosperous Muslim land that, though far from democratic, seemed anchored in the rule of law and committed to basic rights.

Among those who have been locked up are a JPMorgan investment banker; American, British and other foreign property developers; a German yachtmaker; and two Australians who worked as senior executives of what was to be the world’s largest waterfront development. The gigantic project had been launched by Nakheel, the crisis-battered property arm of Dubai World and builder of Dubai’s signature palm-tree-shaped resort islands.

A few have been convicted, mostly for bouncing checks. Those still awaiting trial often waited many months in jail before being charged: The two Australians, for instance, were arrested in January, held in solitary confinement for seven weeks and then finally charged, with fraud-related offences, last month, said their Melbourne lawyer, Martin Amad.

A banker who headed JPMorgan’s Dubai office and its Islamic banking business was first jailed in June last year but was charged, also in connection with fraud, only this spring. JPMorgan said the alleged crimes do not relate to his work at the bank, which he joined in 2007 and quit in April this year while in detention.

Some have complained through lawyers of being deprived of sleep, denied food for days and routinely menaced. “We will insert needles into your nose again and again,” a security officer can be heard telling Jaubert, the spy turned submarine-maker, on an audio recording, which the Frenchman said was made on his cellphone during an interrogation before he fled. “Do you know how painful it is to have needles put inside your nose repeatedly and then twisted around? Do you think you can resist this kind of pain?”

Jaubert said the interrogation was conducted by two men in long white robes in a bare, windowless room on April 22, 2007, at Dubai’s Al Muraggabat Police Station. On the recording, the interrogators described themselves as state security officers, with one warning Jaubert that “we are above the police, we are above the judges. We can keep here you forever.”

Dubai’s Media Affairs Office said the emirate “prides itself on a well-established system of law and order and judicial fairness.” It did not respond to repeated and detailed questions, and said that officials who could “are physically not here.”

A Developing Chill

Released unharmed but without his passport, Jaubert, who is married to an American, began to plot his escape. Last summer, four years after he arrived Dubai on a business-class ticket, he slipped away by sea. “They picked the wrong guy,” said Jaubert, 53, a former naval officer who, according to a confidential French report, left France’s DGSE intelligence service in March 1993. “With my background, I don’t need a passport to travel.”

The French Consulate in Dubai, which is the business, business and tourism hub of the United Arab Emirates, said it could not comment. France in May opened a naval facility in Dubai’s sister sheikhdom, Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. Western diplomatic missions have mostly avoided public criticism of the legal system.

Dubai is still far more free and more predictable than most of its neighbors, but a chill has taken hold as property values tumble, jobs vanish and businessmen are detained. Tensions long masked by prosperity have burst into full view — tensions between a foreign majority and locals, known as Emirati; between a city studded with shiny modern skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest now in the final stages of construction; and Dubai’s antiquated political and legal foundations.

Washington counts the UAE as one of its best friends in the region. U.S. warships dock at Jebel Ali, a huge Dubai port area where Jaubert had his luxury submarine venture, Exomos, which promised rich clients “the ultimate underwater experience.” Big U.S. companies, including General Electric, Boeing and Microsoft, have their regional headquarters in Dubai, which has around 20,000 American residents.

These intimate relations include a deal that will allow the UAE to develop a nuclear-power program with U.S. know-how. The relationship came under scrutiny in Washington this year after the release of videos that showed a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family torturing an Afghan grain dealer he accused of cheating him. Abu Dhabi authorities are investigating.

The number of expatriates jailed in Dubai for alleged economic crimes is not known. The government issues no figures. “All I can say is that it is definitely on the rise,” said Samer Muscati, a lawyer with New York-based Human Rights Watch. The main concern, Muscati said, is not that all those arrested are necessarily innocent but that Dubai’s legal system is so opaque, fickle and often heedless of due process.

A vivid example of this is the plight of Zack Shahin, an American businessman of Lebanese origin. A former Pepsi-Cola executive who headed a Dubai property company called Deyaar Development, he was arrested in March last year in connection with a corruption probe involving the Dubai Islamic Bank. Shahin was held incommunicado for 16 days and was not charged for over a year. A Web site set up by his family in the United States alleged that Shahin had been tortured, and it pleaded for his release. The UAE blocked the Web site. U.S. diplomats asked that the case be handled in “an expeditious and transparent manner,” and complained that a delay in granting access to Shahin violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Early this summer, it looked as if Shahin might finally get his day in court and be allowed to go home to await trial. His family took out an ad praising Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, took down the Web site, and scratched together $1.1 million to meet bail. Just as Shahin was about to be released, state security officers arrived and hauled him away for questioning on new charges. He is still in detention. The bail money has not been returned, his lawyers said. Dubai officials said no one was available to comment on the case.

Locals have been picked up, too, and some complain of being unjustly detained. But well-connected Emirati rarely spend long in jail for economic crimes. Wary of debtors’ prison, a growing number of foreigners simply run away.

Simon Ford, a British entrepreneur, skipped town this summer after his company, a specialty gift service, was hit by the crisis and couldn’t pay its bills. He wrote an emotional “letter to the Dubai public” to apologize for bailing out. He acknowledged that he owed money, and said he had fled because Dubai “drives people to make horrible decisions.” He promised to pay back creditors.

Jaubert, the ex-French spy, said he fled because he feared getting stuck in Dubai’s penal twilight zone. A keen amateur marksman, he was first called in for questioning in 2007 after bullets were found at his submarine company offices. Interrogators told him that someone had been shot in the head and that he might be involved. Jaubert replied that he didn’t have a gun: his rifle, which he had declared at Customs, was still stuck at the Dubai airport. His bullets got through.

Security officers accused him of lying. Warning him that Dubai “is not France; there is no democracy here,” an interrogator heard on Jaubert’s tape threatened to put him “in a cave 300 meters underground, away from the world and your family, and I will keep you there until you tell the truth.” Jaubert said authorities later accused him of fraud because “they were just looking for something to nail me with.”

Jaubert blamed his woes on pressure on Dubai World to rein in some of the wilder investment projects launched by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the company’s chairman, who had first invited Jaubert to Dubai. “It was a palace struggle over money,” Jaubert said.

The Escape

Reached on his cellphone, Sulayem declined to comment. Dubai World’s internal audit chief, Abdul Qadar Obaid Ali, said Jaubert and his submarine venture ran into trouble for other reasons: His submarines didn’t work, and auditors uncovered evidence of fraud involving overbilling for equipment purchases. Jaubert denied this, saying all the transactions were approved and paid for by Dubai World managers.

Fired from Exomos, the submarine company, and unable to get his passport back, Jaubert hatched an elaborate escape plan. He sent his wife and their two boys to Florida. He had diving equipment shipped out from France — broken down into small bits to avoid arousing suspicion. Then, using a phony name, he bought a Zodiac dinghy and sailboat. Using Google Earth, he surveyed the UAE coastline for an escape route. He found an isolated beach and arranged for a friend to take the sailboat out into international waters.

On the eve of his escape, the former spy checked into a hotel near the beach, put on his diving equipment and donned a long abaya, the body-covering cloak worn by strictly observant Muslim women. He said he then went down the beach and swam underwater to a nearby harbor, where the only patrol boat in the vicinity was moored. He clambered aboard and sabotaged the fuel line to make sure the craft could not give chase, he said.

Jaubert then set out to sea in the dinghy to the boat his friend had positioned just outside the UAE’s territorial waters, and they sailed toward India. After eight days at sea, the pair arrived in Mumbai — an account corroborated by his traveling companion. With a new passport issued by the French consulate, Jaubert flew to join his wife in Florida, where he is writing a book he has titled “Escape From Dubai.”

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Toture Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan owns Luxury Villa near Munich Germany

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 29, 2009

source Tz-Online Germany
The German Press reports about the torture, done by Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan, shown on ABC News.

Reports also say, that Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan often visit his luxury Villa in Dietramszell, Bad Toelz, near Munich.

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Sheikh Issa Al Nahyan – you are not longer welcome here in Germany.

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UAE: Prosecute Torture by Royal Family Member

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 28, 2009

source HRW
Independent Body Should Investigate Abuse of Afghan Grain Dealer, Police Role and Flawed Ministry Review
(New York) – The United Arab Emirates should investigate and prosecute the torture of an Afghan grain dealer by a royal family member, Shaikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, and the police, Human Rights Watch said in a letter today to the UAE president (http://www.hrw.org/node/82751 ). Videotaped evidence appears to show Shaikh al Nahyan and the police beating, using electric cattle prods on, and driving over the Afghani man.

Human Rights Watch called on the government to immediately establish an independent body to investigate both the torture of the man, Mohammed Shah Poor, and the Ministry of Interior’s failure to bring those involved to justice. A videotape of the attack was shown on an ABC News program on April 22, 2009 (http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7407186 ).

“The government’s failure to prosecute those involved in this undisputed incident of torture and abuse at the hands of a royal family member and the police is an appalling miscarriage of justice,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “What’s even more shocking is the government’s insistence that it investigated and found no violation of UAE laws.”

According to credible information, including the videotape featured on the ABC News segment, Shaikh al Nahyan tortured Poor in October or November 2004, with the assistance of police and others, using whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails. Shaikh al Nahyan also poured a large container of salt on Poor’s bleeding wounds. Near the end of the video, Shaikh positioned Poor on the desert sand and then drove over him repeatedly; the sound of what appears to be breaking bones is audible on the tape. Poor survived, although he still had to spend months in hospital with broken bones and internal injuries. The acts shown on the video constitute clear violations of the UAE’s Constitution as well as international human rights law.

Human Rights Watch received a copy of a letter sent by the UAE’s Ministry of Interior on April 8, 2009 to ABC News, in which the ministry did not characterize the abuse in question as torture, but simply as an assault that the parties subsequently settled “privately.” It further concluded that its investigation found that the police “followed all rules, policies and procedures correctly.” Neither the police department nor the Ministry of Interior has made public the findings of the police review and investigation of the matter, or the basis for their conclusion of proper police conduct.

In its letter, Human Rights Watch urged UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to establish an independent body with authority not only to investigate the torture episode but to also recommend disciplinary steps or criminal prosecution of persons implicated in abuse.

“Law enforcement officials become criminals when they inflict or tolerate torture,” said Whitson. “The UAE government needs to act now if it is to restore public confidence in the country’s criminal justice system and to show that the rule of law, and not impunity for its violators, is the policy of the country.”

The Human Rights Watch letter urges the UAE government to publicly and unequivocally renounce the use of torture and physical abuse by the police, others in positions of authority, or private citizens, and to reaffirm its commitment to abide by international law provisions banning the use of torture and other cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. Human Rights Watch called for police training on the acceptable use of force under international law.

The torture incident also highlights why the UAE should revise its draft media law (http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/04/06/just-good-news-please ) and, among other things, remove Article 32, which provides a fine of up to 5,000,000 dirhams (US$1,350,000) against anyone who “disparages” senior government personnel or members of the royal family. Despite receiving international news coverage, media in the UAE have been reluctant to report on the incident.

ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh

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From the Financial Times

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 24, 2009

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Dubai Appeals court upholds 15-year jail terms for two in rape case

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 18, 2008

By Bassam Zaza, Senior Reporter
GulfNews – Published: February 17, 2008, 12:18

Dubai: An appeals court on Sunday upheld 15-year jail terms handed down to two Emiratis convicted of raping a French-Swiss teenager.

Saeed Ghailani, lawyer of the convicts, told Gulf News that he would appeal the ruling at the Court of Cessation.

Earlier, the Dubai Court of First Instance sentenced the men—a 35-year-old who is HIV positive and his 18-year-old compatriot—and referred the victim’s compensation claim of Dh15 million to a civil court.

The Public Prosecution charged the two men along with a 17-year-old teenager, prosecuted at Juvenile Court, with deceiving and kidnapping the 15-year-old boy and his 16-year-old compatriot.

They were also charged with forcefully undressing the 15-year old, threatening him with a knife, before having sex with him against his will.

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Dubai Rape case A.Robert – It´s a pack of lies

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 6, 2008

Last Updated : Monday 04 Feb, 2008 – 3 comments

By Ali Al Shouk

The defence lawyer for two men convicted of raping a teenage boy yesterday told the Court of Appeal his clients were innocent and that the prosecution’s case had been based on lies. The pair, one of whom has AIDS and hepatitis, were given 15-year jail terms in December after being found guilty of driving the 15-year-old French-Swiss teen into the desert, forcing him to strip at knifepoint and brutally raping him.
Defence lawyer Said Al-Gelani, from Al-Gelani Advocates and Legal Consultants, said: “The victim wanted to destroy the suspects’ life, and he fabricates the whole story.” He also claimed that the fact that the boy had not become infected with HIV proved that his clients were not guilty.
“The victim’s mother has said in news reports that she is happy because her son is clean six months after the incident, but we know that hepatitis and AIDS are both transferred very fast, so how did he not become infected? Especially as he said in the records that the rape continued for 20 minutes without protection,” he said.
Al-Gelani went on to criticise the Public Prosecution for seeking harsher sentences, alleging there was not enough evidence to convict the men. “The prosecution referred the case in August to the court but they withdraw it because there wasn’t enough evidence. They then referred the case again in October,” he said. “They have manipulated the records.”
In the Court of Appeal, the prosecution are seeking harsher sentences. The defence wants the convictions quashed or at the least see the jail terms reduced. The result of the appeal will be issued later this month. At the time of the original sentencing, Judge Fahmi Monier said he had absolutely no doubt about the charged men’s guilt.
“We are sure of what happ-ened and the suspects’ denials were lies used in the hope of escaping the penalties,” he said. The victim’s mother, Veronique Robert, said of the sentencing in December: “Fifteen years is nothing for someone who knew he had AIDS.” The case is also going to be heard in the Civil Court where the victim is seeking dhs15 million in damages from his attackers.

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Unbelievable-Lawyer of a defendant state: Negative Aids test proves boy was not raped

Posted by 7starsdubai on February 4, 2008

Gulf News

By Bassam Za’za’, Staff Reporter
Published: February 04, 2008, 00:21

Dubai: The acquittal of a defendant (who has hepatitis and Aids) of having forceful sex with a 15-year-old boy prevailed after the victim’s examination proved he didn’t contract any disease, a lawyer told a court on Sunday.

“The medical examination of 15-year-old French boy, A.R., has shown that he didn’t contract Aids or hepatitis. This fact comes six months following the incident and it proves that my 35-year-old Emirati client, A.K., didn’t penetrate or have any intercourse with the boy, otherwise the claimant would have contracted any of the diseases. A.K. and his 18-year-old compatriot I.M. are innocent,” lawyer Saeed Al Ghailani, of Saeed Al Ghailani Advocates and Legal Consultants, who is representing the Emirati defendants, told the Dubai Appeals Court yesterday.
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“May God bless you and thank you for your efforts,” A.K. told Al Ghailani before Presiding Judge Eisa Al Sharif.

The defendants are serving a 15-year imprisonment term after the Dubai Court of First Instance incriminated them of kidnapping and having sex against the boy’s will in a desert area.

False allegations

“Since the litigation process started, the victim has been bluffing and giving false accusations claiming that his abusers (each of whom had 20-minute intercourse with him) didn’t use condoms. Yet, the medical results have contradicted the boy’s allegations and were to the advantage of A.K. who should be happy,” argued Al Ghailani.

The lawyer also accused the Public Prosecution of fabricating evidence against his clients and failing to carry out the law enforcement procedures against the defendants who were referred to court before the issuance of the accusation sheet.

The Public Prosecution charged A.K., I.M. and their 17-year-old compatriot, I.S., (prosecuted at Juvenile Court) with deceiving and kidnapping A.R. and his 16-year-old compatriot, F.K., by offering to drive them home.

They were charged with forcefully undressing A.R., threatening him with a knife and stick before having sex with him against his will, while F.K. was kept outside the vehicle.

Al Ghailani asked the court to refer the victim to Rashid Hospital for a medical examination for the “claimant in the civil case to corroborate his Dh15 million compensation claim”.

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