Trial hearing tomorrow for 3 Britons tortured by UAE police

April 17, 2013

The trial of three British tourists who were tortured by police in Dubai will tomorrow continue with a further hearing, despite the ongoing failure of UAE authorities to properly investigate their mistreatment.

Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, both 25 and from London, and Suneet Jeerh, 25, from Essex were arrested while on holiday last July.  They were subjected to beatings and electric shocks by police, and subsequently charged with drugs offences to which they have pleaded not guilty.

The UAE continues to deny access to a medical expert to assess their injuries, despite a preliminary report by torture specialist Dr Frank Arnold which found that marks described on Mr Jeerh’s body by the UK Foreign Office “would be consistent with his having been subjected to electric shocks at high current density as delivered, for example, by a cattle prod.”

Prison authorities recently also denied access to a lawyer and an investigator from human rights charity Reprieve, which is working on the three men’s case.

Tomorrow’s hearing is expected to see the case for the defence get underway.   During previous hearings, police officers involved in the men’s torture took the stand to give evidence against them.

Commenting, Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said: “The UAE is supposed to be a close ally of the UK – yet not only have they tortured our citizens, they are now refusing to lift a finger to investigate these serious crimes.  Britons will start to think twice about holidaying or doing business in Dubai if the police there are allowed to torture people and get away with it.”

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1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 553 8166 / donald.campbell@reprieve.org.uk