US official not happy with UAE brother’s acquittal
The acquittal of the brother of the UAE President, who had been tried on charges of torturing an Afghan trader in 2004, has been denounced by US official.
As per a senior official, it is not a credible verdict. The ruling was given Sunday on Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahayan by an Emirati court.
Brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of oil-rich Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the 40-year old Sheikh Issa was acquitted by the court after establishing he was not responsible for the torture of the Afghan merchant in 2004 because he was under the influence of medication at the time.
However, conviction was given to five co-defendants, including two Americans.
A video showing Sheikh Issa beating a man with whips, electric cattle prods and a wooden plank studded with nails, before rubbing salt in his wounds with the help of police had started circulating among people; thus giving rise to the case.
His lawyer Habib al-Mulla said, “However, the court in the oasis city of Al-Ain ordered two co-defendants to pay a temporary compensation of 10,000 dirhams (2,724 dollars) to the Afghan, who can file a new lawsuit to claim full compensation.”
A sentence of five years in jail was passed for the two US defendants of Lebanese origin, brothers Ghassan and Bassam Nabulsi, each in absentia for having drugged the sheikh.
The lawyer Mulla said, “The court also sentenced three other workers at the farm where the torture took place to between one and three years in jail for drugging the sheikh, likewise in absentia. A guard at the farm was acquitted.”
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