Investigate torture of Britons, Cameron to tell UAE President

By agency reporter
1 May 2013

David Cameron has today (1 May) said he would raise the issue of three British men tortured by Dubai police with the President of the United Arab Emirates during his state visit.

Asked on ITV’s Daybreak about the case of Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh, and Karl Wiliams, who were subjected to beatings and electric shocks by UAE police in July last year, David Cameron said, “the point I’ll make today [to the UAE President] is there needs to be a proper, independent investigation into…what happened.”

Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE – of which Dubai is a part – is on the second day of a state visit to Britain, and will be meeting the Prime Minister later on.

Mr Cameron added that an independent investigation into the men’s treatment would be the “first step” and that “nothing should be off limits in these discussions.”

The three British men who were subjected to torture were also forced to sign documents in Arabic, a language they do not understand, before being charged with drugs offences. They pleaded not guilty but were all sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on Monday this week.

Kate Higham, an investigator at human rights charity Reprieve, which is supporting the three men, said: “It is crucial that the Prime Minister makes clear to the UAE President that the way these three men have been treated, and the response by the Dubai authorities, is completely unacceptable. With these kinds of fair trial violations the prosecution against the men should have been dropped long ago - the Prime Minister must push for their immediate release and return to Britain. Anything less will leave people wondering just what the point of our relationship with the UAE is.”

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