Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3750 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
Wouldn't surprise me that the other people who appeared in the video evidence would edit their stories in order to clear the name of royalty, if that is the case. I took a gander at the video, from what I could see he doesn't appear to be drugged at all. But, I suppose the court ruling should be respected (oh well).
Still, he doesn't seem like a very pleasant person to be around, or to do business with, in this case.
I got to write a little piece on Sheikh Issa when I was an intern at a paper here last fall. I was putting together a spread of pictures and short texts on the children of various dictators and how the apple doesn't always fall very far from the tree. Sheikh Issa was featured, as he's the son of the former regent (with a less than flattering photo, I might add. Google him and you'll find it...).
Another one of the more colorful ones: Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the president of Uzbekistan. Both a successful pop-star and telecom tycoon, she is reported to have used masked gunmen to liquidate competitors, as well as confiscating and Coca Cola bottling plant owned by her ex-husband. How's that for child support (for kids which she illegally took with her from the US after her divorce)?. And yeah, there's an Interpol warrant for her arrest because of it.
These goofy kids...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
Quoting Doona (Reply 1): Still, he doesn't seem like a very pleasant person to be around, or to do business with, in this case.
U.S. State Department official questions acquittal of UAE royal sheikh in torture trial
January 11, 2010 -- A senior U.S. State Department official said today the acquittal of a member of the United Arab Emirates royal family on torture charges was "not credible" as human rights groups denounced the outcome as a "joke." The State Department official spoke on condition of anonymity due to diplomatic sensitivities. In the official State Department briefing, spokesperson P.J. Crowley said "there are still questions that have been raised by this case." He said the U.S. wanted a "careful review of the judge's decision."
The co-chairman of the House Human Rights Commission Rep. James McGovern (Democrat-MA) told ABC News the verdict "would be a joke if the crime wasn't so terrible." He described the outcome as the United Arab Emirates justice system "thumbing its nose" at the rest of the world.
There are supposed to another 25 videos of such torture attack by the prince.
JCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 41 Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1673 times:
Did you really expect he would be convicted?
Rich Gulf Arabs can kill several Pakistani laborers through poor labor practices, work a Filipino woman to death, and smile all in one sentence. It doesn't matter whether that Pakistani is a Muslim, it matters that the rich Arab has the money and the government on their side. According to those governments they are his unofficial property. It is really the grotesque underbelly from Jeddah to Dubai to Sana'a to Kuwait.