Dubai torture Brits speak out

August 5, 2013

Dubai torture victims Grant Cameron, Karl Williams, and Suneet Jeerh (all 26 and from London) today spoke about their experience for the first time since their release two weeks ago.

The three men, who were tortured by Dubai police upon their arrest in July 2012, were released as part of the general amnesty granted to a number of prisoners in the UAE this Ramadan. Although they have now been released, questions about the men’s mistreatment at the hands of police still remain unanswered. Reprieve is continuing to call for an independent investigation into the men’s torture in line with international law.

After a deeply flawed investigation conducted in October 2013 was rejected by the UK Government, the Dubai Public Prosecutor’s office initiated a second investigation in June of this year. It remains to be seen whether this will prove any more credible.

Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said, “While we are very glad that all three men are now safely back home with their families, serious questions still remain to be answered in this case. The UAE needs to take responsibility for the actions of its police force and acknowledge that this case is far closer to the rule than the exception. The issues raised in this case will make the British public think twice about where they choose to take their summer holidays in future.”

Karl Williams said, “I’m so glad that I’m home and can start to move on with my life. I want to use the interest in our case to help others in similar situations, and to let people know what the dangers of Dubai are. I want the UAE authorities to take responsibility for what happened to us to prevent it from happening to others.”

Grant Cameron said, “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. We want the UAE to investigate our case and accept that we were tortured – if they don’t accept there’s a problem then they won’t be able to fix it.”Suneet Jeerh said, “I’m so pleased to be back at home with my family. I’ve been through so much this past year and wouldn’t want my worst enemy to go through what I went through. The UAE government needs to admit what happened to us – unless they accept there’s a problem then they won’t be able to stop this happening to other people.

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Notes to Editors

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