A court in Abu Dhabi has acquitted Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, a member of the UAE royal family, the man accused of torturing and nearly killing an Afghan grain trader in 2004.
Horrific original torture tape from ABC News shows victim being whipped, beaten, electrocuted, cattle-prodded, fired on, raped (not shown), and run over with an SUV by Sheikh Issa.
April 22, 2009—A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country’s royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails. The man being beaten, held down, and shot at by Sheikh, Issa, is a farmer, who the prince claims cheated him out of $5,000 of grain. A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV.
In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed. The government statement said its review found “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.”
The 45-minute long tape was smuggled out of the country by Bassam Nabulsi, of Houston, Texas, a former business associate of Sheikh Issa. Nabulsi is now suing the Sheikh in federal court in Houston, alleging he also was tortured by UAE police when he refused to turn over the videos to the Sheikh following their falling out. Nabulsi says the video tapes were recorded by his brother, on orders from the Sheikh who liked to watch the torture sessions later in his royal palace. ABC NEWS
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