Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh
Grant, Karl and Suneet faced a potential death sentence when they were arrested on suspicion of drug possession while on holiday in Dubai. They were taken out into the desert, and later to a hotel room, and tortured by police.
They were beaten, electrocuted – in Karl’s case electric shocks were administered to the testicles – and threatened with guns held to their heads. Amongst the evidence of torture Reprieve has collected are x-rays proving that Karl’s arm was broken while he was held by the police.
The three men were forced to sign documents in Arabic, a language none of them understand, and imprisoned. After Reprieve took up their case, Grant, Karl and Suneet were released and returned to the UK.
I’m glad to be home but I want to tell my story because there are so many people still in jail in Dubai who haven’t had the help and support that we did. The conditions there are terrible and people spend years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.
Grant, Karl and Suneet were arrested while on holiday. The police claimed to have found a quantity of synthetic cannabis known as ‘spice’ in their car, but the three men have always protested their innocence. The Dubai police took them out to the desert, beat them, gave them electric shocks all over their bodies and held guns to their heads. The torture continued in a hotel room, after which they were made to sign documents in Arabic – a language none of them understands. These documents were relied upon at the trial in which Grant, Karl and Suneet were each sentenced to four years in prison.
Questions about the mistreatment of Grant, Karl and Suneet at the hands of Dubai’s police still remain unanswered. Reprieve is continuing to call for an independent investigation into their torture in line with international law.
The initial investigation into torture of British tourists by Dubai police was conducted by the Dubai police themselves. The authorities admitted that police in the UAE are issued with electric shock devices, but ignored documented evidence of Grant, Karl and Suneet’s abuse. Their injuries were described by a torture expert expert as:
“Consistent with his having been subjected to electric shocks at high current density as delivered, for example, by a cattle prod”
In response to pressure from Reprieve highlighting the abuse of the three men, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said in April 2013 that “[we] will continue to press for evidence of a full, impartial and independent investigation”. David Cameron subsequently raised the case directly with the UAE President during a State Visit to the UK later that month.
The men were pardoned and released in July 2013 as part of an amnesty granted during Ramadan to a number of prisoners in the United Arab Emirates.
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Commenting on the news that all three of the British men tortured by police in Dubai have been sentenced to four years' imprisonment on drugs charges, Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said: "The central fact of this case remains that these men were tortured by police, but there has been no proper investigation into their abuse.