Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Human Rights: Senior member of Abu Dhabi's ruling party accused of torturing Afghan citizen

The Financial Times reports authorities in Abu Dhabi said on Monday a senior member of the ruling family had been detained in a criminal investigation over claims that he was involved in the torture of an Afghan citizen.

The move followed the broadcast of a video alleging to show Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a half brother of Abu Dhabi's ruler and the United Arab Emirates' president, severely beating the Afghan and driving over his body.

A senior member of the ruling family has never been publicly detained before in Abu Dhabi. The footage threatens to complicate a nuclear deal between the Gulf state and the US.

Sheikh Issa's detention followed a review of the incident by the Abu Dhabi government's human rights office, which also recommended that if any other officials were found to be involved they should be suspended from their duties and detained pending the outcome of the investigation.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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