UAE sheikh acquitted in torture trial

A member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family was found innocent on Sunday of the torture and rape of an Afghan.

UAE sheikh acquitted in torture trial

A member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family was found innocent on Sunday of the torture and rape of an Afghan.

In a video first made public on U.S. network ABC last year, the report said one of the people taking part in the abuse is Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

A lawyer for the sheikh, a son of UAE founder Sheikh Zayed, said his client was found to have "diminished liability" because two former business associates had drugged him beforehand then taken the video to extort money from him.

The two men, Lebanese-American brothers Bassam and Ghassan Nabulsi, were sentenced to five years in absentia and fined 10,000 dirhams ($2,723) for what the judge said was drugging, recording and publishing a video, and blackmail.

The judge said the reasoning behind the verdicts would be published at a later date.

Mohammed Shahpoor, the Afghan grain trader abused in the video, showed no reaction when the verdicts were read out.

In the footage, which dates back to 2004, Shahpoor is seen struck with an electric cattle prod, beaten with whips and a plank of wood with a nail in it, and driven over by a car at a desert location near the oasis of al-Ain.

A Nepalese security guard shown in the video was also acquitted but a Syrian national was given one year in jail for beating Shahpoor and an Indian and a Palestinian were both sentenced to three years for sodomising him with a stick.


Reuters

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