From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Brother of Dubai police torture victim calls for his release
Tuesday 15th April 2014
Hasnain Ali beaten and threatened with rape after arrest for ‘trumped-up’ drugs charges
Hasnain Ali, a former bodyguard to members of the Abu Dhabi royal family, will be sentenced today on allegedly trumped-up charges of possessing and selling drugs.
Following the ordeal he was made to sign a “confession” in Arabic, which he did not understand, relating to the charges.
This “confession” is being used against him at trial.
“There has been no proper investigation into his torture and we have felt that the authorities have shown more interest in saving face than ensuring that any kind of justice is done,” his brother Jed said.
Breaking news from Reprieve:
A British man arrested and tortured by Dubai police has today been acquitted.
Hasnain Ali (32), from London, was on holiday in Dubai in May 2013 when he was arrested and held for three days without access to a lawyer or his family. While detained he was beaten and threatened with tasers, firearms, and the prospect of sexual assault. Following his torture he was forced to sign a ‘confession’ in Arabic, a language he doesn’t understand, and charged with drugs offences for which he could have been given a death sentence.
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