Dubai Britons face police officer who tortured them in court

April 8, 2013

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In the ongoing trial of three British tourists who were tortured by Dubai police, the men again faced one of their torturers in court this morning when an arresting officer gave evidence against them.

The hearing is the latest in the trial of the three men, Grant Cameron (25), Karl Williams (25) from London, and Suneet Jeerh (25) from Essex, which started on 28th January 2013.

The next hearing is expected to be on April 18th, when the defence will be given their first opportunity to present evidence.

All three of the men were arrested and subjected to beatings and electric shocks by Dubai police in July 2012.  They were subsequently charged with drugs offences to which they have pled not guilty.

Mr Jeerh told family that the witness who testified today was one of the officers responsible for his torture. He identified the officer as having been one of the people who electrocuted him. The testimony given today comes after evidence was heard at the last hearing, on March 14th, from another officer involved in the torture of the three men.

Reprieve continues to call for the UAE to conduct a thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the torture in line with their obligations under international law, particularly the Convention Against Torture which they signed in June 2012.

Commenting, Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said: “It is outrageous that the UAE authorities have not put the trial on hold while they conduct an independent investigation into the torture. It is absurd that these officers should be allowed to give evidence against the men, denying the allegations of torture, at the same time as those allegations should be being investigated. The UAE has to start treating their international obligations seriously – if they can’t be trusted to act according to the conventions they sign then that has huge implications not just in the area of international human rights, but also in international commercial law.”

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