As Sheikh Issa, the brother of UAE’s crown prince gets away with the torture and rape of an Afghani merchant Mohammad Shah Poor; it seems evident that there are no objective standards of justice in this particular part of the world.
Though the 45 minutes of video clearly shows Issa beating Shah Poor with wooden plank and electric cattle prod, firing an automatic weapon into sand around him, shoving sand into his mouth, pouring salt in his wounds, and driving over him with his car; yet the assault wasn’t Issa’s fault, agreed the emirates court on Sunday 10th of January 2010.
“I sat two rows behind the Sheikh. He was visibly comfortable the whole hearing, victim slouched and uneasy, judge rushed”, tweeted Lara Setrakian of the ABC News while describing the Sunday courtroom scene.
Shah Poor who was beaten severely because he lost a consignment of 5000 dollars, dropped all charges against the Sheikh. And according to the emirates’ government the two have settled the matter outside the court.
A natural result of having a monarchy system where a lot goes unreported for the simple fact that they are rulers.
A population of 4.7 million and an undemocratic federation of seven emirates, UAE is ruled by the tribal families where political parties are not allowed to participate and local people have no influence over the emirates to speak about the violation of their rights.
“The verdict is a farce, and shows why the world should have no confidence in the [United Arab Emirates'] justice system. This was a show trial, held completely in secret, with one objective: to relieve international pressure on the ruling family so that the pending military treaty with the U.S. would go forward. The fact is, and the evidence is clear, Sheikh Issa tortured numerous people and he ordered the torture to be videotaped. The sheikh’s abhorrent behavior also was not isolated. I offered the U.A.E. authorities additional videotape indicating that at least 20 other people were tortured by the sheikh. The Obama administration, like the Bush administration, continues to coddle the U.A.E. and look past serious human rights and security concerns there”, said Tony Buzbee, defense lawyer of Nabulsi. Bassam Nabulsi was a former business partner of the Sheikh who filmed the incident along with his brother Ghassan, blackmailed him with the tape and was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. The tape which dates back to 2004 was surfaced last year as a piece of evidence in a federal civil suit filed in Huston, Texas, against Sheikh by Nabulsi.
According to the Sheikh’s lawyer Al-Mulla he was drugged against his will during the incident by the Nabulsi brothers who videotaped the incident and tried to blackmail him. On the other hand Bassam filed a suit saying he was arrested and tortured by the UAE officers who demanded the videotape.
With the lack of humanitarian values, transparency and tolerance, the emirates have repeatedly failed to eliminate the grey areas that often exists in traditional monarchies.
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