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Iranian’s lawsuit reveals royal power in Dubai

Posted by 7starsdubai on July 22, 2009


source World Tribune  09 June 2009

A  member of the royal family (Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum)  in the United Arab Emirates has for the first time been sued by an Iranian executive on charges of fraud.

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh has sued the brother-in-law ( Sheikh Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum) of the emir of Dubai ( Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum) in an unprecedented civil action in the UAE. The 37-year-old Iranian national has accused the brother-in-law, Hasher Maktoum Bin Juma’a Al Maktoum, of trying to take over Zadeh’s real estate firm.

“He thought he could do it all because he’s a sheik,” Zadeh said

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh CEO Al Fajer Properties 2008

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh CEO Al Fajer Properties 2008

The suit has challenged the transparency of the justice system of Dubai, which requires foreign investors to take on a UAE partner. Zadeh said he reverted to a civil action when prosecutors refused to file criminal charges against Hasher.

Zadeh, a life-long resident of Dubai, said he selected Hasher as the required UAE partner in Al Fajer Properties, established in 2004 and now worth $2 billion. Zadeh said he and Hasher fell into a dispute amid delays in building a billion-dollar office tower.

The economic downturn in the UAE has harmed a range of partnerships with foreign investors. In Dubai, the commercial capital, police have detained nearly 20 executives on suspicion of fraud. None of the detainees was connected to the ruling Al Maktoum family.

“There is no room for corruption and the corrupt,” Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said. “In all corruption cases, people are not only prosecuted and punished, administrative and legal holes that they exploited to commit their crimes are plugged.No one in the emirates is above the law and accountability.”

Zadeh said Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, who ignored two summonses, exploited his connections to the ruling family to have the Iranian arrested. In February 2008, Zadeh was imprisoned for 60 days and pressed to renounce links to Al Fajer.

As Zadeh languished in prison, Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum was said to have taken over Al Fajer and appointed his son chief executive officer. By the time, he was released, Zadeh found that his office safe was ransacked and cleansed of any documents that linked him to the company.

At one point, Zadeh appealed to Dubai’s emir. He said the emir did not respond to the complaint against his brother-in-law.

“We understand that Al Fajer Properties is controlled by a powerful member of Dubai’s ruling family,” Moses Oye, who represents investors in another Al Fajer project, said.

Still, Al Fajer continues to operate. On April 15, Al Fajer and the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency, RERA Dubai,  announced the first transfer of property using a new official online system.

Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Fajer Properties

Photo: Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum facing lawsuits from Investors of Ebony and Ivory Towers - also named Jumeirah Business Centre) developer in Dubai is Al Fajer Properties

Hasher’s son, Maktoum, was identified as president of Al Fajer.  Zadeh was not mentioned.

Foreign investors have demanded an investigation of another Al Fajer project, Ebony Ivory.

The investors, alleging fraud, have called on the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency to force Al Fajer to issue a refund.

“We have paid approximately $140 million and have a signed contract from Sheikk Maktoum Hasher  Maktoum Al Maktoum,” Oye, who represents investors from Britain, Canada, India, Iran, Pakistan and the United States, said. “Now, we want our money back.”

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Al Fajer Properties Sheikh plans counter claim

Posted by 7starsdubai on May 25, 2009


source Zawya (AFP)

DUBAI, May 25, 2009 (AFP) – A Dubai sheikh being sued by an Iranian businessman over 1.9 billion dollars in property investments plans to file a counterclaim demanding compensation for losses, his lawyer said on Monday.

Shahram Abdullah Zadeh, the former chief executive of Dubai-based developer Al-Fajer Properties, filed the initial lawsuit against the firm and  Sheikh Hasher Maktoum bin Jumaa al-Maktoum, in February, claiming he was the sole investor and real owner of the company.

“We have requested time to file a counterclaim to demand compensation from Shahram Zadeh,” lawyer Samir Jaafar told AFP following a fourth hearing in the case on Monday.

Zadeh accused the defence of “running away from responding to the lawsuit” against Sheikh Hasher, a brother-in-law of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

He said Sheikh Hasher was registered as owning Al-Fajer PropertiesAl-Fajer Properties
Al Fajer Properties, because being a foreigner he could not register it under his own name.

He told AFP his defence had requested the appointment of an auditor to trace capital inflows into the company, and said despite claims that he was just an employee he never took a salary or had an employment contract.

“He was supposed to earn a share of profits made under his management. But the company did not make any profits,” Jaafar responded.

Al-Fajer Properties, which since February 2009 has been run by Sheikh Hasher’s son, Sheikh Maktoum, filed two complaints with Dubai police in February and March, accusing Zadeh of embezzling 114 million dirhams (31.06 million dollars).

A representative of Zadeh’s lawyer, Salim al-Shaali, called the two claims false and said a complaint about them has been lodged with the public prosecution.

Zadeh is demanding the recovery of all assets of Al-Fajer PropertiesAl-Fajer Properties
Al Fajer Properties, estimated in the lawsuit at seven billion dirhams (1.9 billion dollars).

The judge adjourned Monday’s hearing to June 17.

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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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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.

The most Comments left on this Report say:
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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Abu Dhabi ruling family linked to ‘torture’ video

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 27, 2009


source Telegraph UK

The emergence of a video purporting to show a senior member of the United Arab Emirates’ ruling family co-ordinating the torture of a businessman has threatened to tarnish the reputation of the pro-Western, oil-rich Gulf state.

The video purports to show Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, the half-brother of the Manchester City owner, Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, participating in the torture of an Afghan grain dealer with whom he had had a disagreement.

The al Nahyan clan’s position as rulers of Abu Dhabi, the biggest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, means they have also acted as hereditary rulers of the state since it was founded in 1971.

At a desert location under cover of darkness the torture victim, Mohammed Shah Poor, is held down and has sand stuffed down his throat.

Bullets are then fired near his feet in the sand and he is beaten with a plank of wood from which nails protruded. Salt is then rubbed into his open wounds. An electric cattle prod is also used on part of his body while his genitals are soaked in lighter fluid, which is then set alight.

The coup de grace comes when Mr Nahyan appears to drive a Mercedes SUV over the victim, accompanied by what seems to be the sound of breaking bones. Mr Nahyan is heard on the video seeming to co-ordinate the torture assisted by uniformed members of what seem to be the UAE police force and army.

The tape, broadcast last week by the American television channel, ABC, has already led to calls for the United States to reconsider its commercial ties with the UAE, the tiny but wealthy state that includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

James McGovern, a US congressman, has called for a freeze on government aid to the Emirates.

He also called for Mr Nahyan to be refused a US visa.

In a letter to Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, Mr McGovern said: “I cannot describe the horror and revulsion I felt when witnessing what is on this video … I could not watch it without constantly flinching.”

ABC put up a section of the video on its website, although sections containing the most shocking material, including the use of the cattle prod, were not released.

The tape was given to ABC by Bassam Nabulsi, a US citizen and Houston businessman, who has begun a legal battle in the American courts against Mr Nahyan for alleged maltreatment and loss of earnings after a business deal went sour.

The UAE government has confirmed Mr Nahyan is the man in the video, although it issued a statement saying the matter had been investigated by its police but no charges were deemed necessary.

The statement said the video was not “part of a pattern of behaviour” and, as permitted under Abu Dhabi law, “the parties involved … settled the matter privately by agreeing not to bring formal charges against each other â ” ie theft on the one hand and assault on the other”.

The ministry of the interior said police followed all necessary procedures when investigating the incident.

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From the Financial Times

Posted by 7starsdubai on April 24, 2009


source Financial Times

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