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Emirati Court Clears Sheikh Issa Of Torture

Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:04 pm

Just stumbled of this 3 mont old news.I think we owe someone an apology.

"The lawyer told the hearing in December that the sheikh had been drugged against his will during the incident and had no recollection of what had happened."



Congratulations.

We are free to export more aircraft to the Emirates.

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and of course the big state controlled infra structural works and airlines.
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RE: Emirati Court Clears Sheikh Issa Of Torture

Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:46 pm

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...

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RE: Emirati Court Clears Sheikh Issa Of Torture

Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:43 am

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."
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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.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...uae-sheikh-accusation-assualt-tape

The US is working on a nuclear energy deal with Emirates and they ordered C-17s around the same time for about $300 million a ship.
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RE: Emirati Court Clears Sheikh Issa Of Torture

Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:08 am

Quoting keesje (Thread starter):
"The lawyer told the hearing in December that the sheikh had been drugged against his will during the incident and had no recollection of what had happened."

Sure he was  
Quoting Doona (Reply 1):
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

Wouldn't surprise me either.

Quoting Doona (Reply 1):
I took a gander at the video, from what I could see he doesn't appear to be drugged at all.

I also viewed that video and he didn't appear to be drugged to me either.

Quoting Doona (Reply 1):
But, I suppose the court ruling should be respected (oh well).

Indeed. It's their court, the law of their land, and there's really nothing we can do about it. It is what it is, but I'm far from convinced that this was a fair ruling.
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RE: Emirati Court Clears Sheikh Issa Of Torture

Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:45 am

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.
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