‘Please send my son home’ mum of tortured Brit asks Dubai court
April 18, 2013
The mother of one of three British men tortured by police in UAE today asked a Dubai court to let her son return home.
Tracy Cameron, mother of Grant Cameron, told the judge that her son “has been away from his family who love and miss him for a year now…he is a kind caring and most importantly honest young man with integrity and dignity.”She said, “I humbly ask that you send Grant back to his family where he belongs.”
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. All three men appeared in court today at a defence hearing, where their lawyers raised the issue of their torture by police with the judge. A sentence is expected to be handed down on April 29th. 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.”
Police authorities recently also denied access to the jail where Mr Cameron and Mr Williams were held to a lawyer and an investigator from human rights charity Reprieve, which is working on the three men’s case.
Kate Higham, investigator from Reprieve, said: “The boys went on holiday to Dubai – as so many Brits do. And yet they ended up being beaten, tortured and imprisoned. The UK’s supposed close friend, the UAE, has done nothing to investigate these serious crimes. If they continue to refuse, people’s view of Dubai as a tourist and business destination will rapidly change.”
Notes to Editors
1. For further information, please contact Donald Campbell or Clemency Wells in Reprieve’s press office: +44 (0) 207 553 8166 / 8161 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The full text of Tracy Cameron’s statement:
Children are a gift of God and my son has been away from his family who love and miss him for a year now. Grant Cameron has a bright future ahead of him in the family business, he is a kind caring and most importantly honest young man with integrity and dignity. He came to Dubai as a tourist and was only in the country a matter of days when he was sadly arrested. I humbly ask that you send Grant back to his family where he belongs.