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    Justice, the UAE way. Evidence? What evidence, M'Lud?

    They're rapidly catching up to he 14th century in many ways:

    UAE sheikh cleared in videoed torture case

    A member of the ruling family of the United Arab Emirates has been cleared of the torture of a business associate.

    Lawyers for Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president's brother, said the court ruled he had been drugged and so was "unaware of his actions".

    The incident came to light when a videotape was circulated showing the violent beating, said to have taken place in 2004.

    It was the first reported investigation of a UAE ruling family member.
    His lawyer, Habib al-Mulla, said the ruling had "clarified Sheikh Issa's position that he was a victim of conspiracy" over the torture of Mohammed Shah Poor.
    "At the same time, it's proven justice to Mohammed Shahpoor and it showed who were the actual people who were behind whole saga," Reuters quoted Mr al-Mulla as saying.

    He said the court had "accepted our defence that the sheikh was under the influence of drugs that left him unaware of his actions," the AFP news agency reported.
    The defence had previously claimed Sheikk Issa had been drugged by two men - American-Lebanese brothers Ghassan and Bassam Nabulsi - who recorded the beating in order to blackmail him.

    The video showed a man shooting the ground near the sitting victim
    The Nabulsi brothers were sentenced in their absence to five years in prison for drugging Sheikh Hassan and fined 10,000 dirham ($2,723:1,700).
    Three other men were sentenced to between one and three years for their role in the torture.

    The video, circulated last year, shows Sheikh Issa repeatedly beating Mr Poor, a grain merchant of Afghan origin, and running him over with a car.
    Several other men assist in the tape, including one in a uniform of the security forces. The incident came to light after US television network ABC broadcast clips of the tape, which was smuggled out of the UAE by a former business associate of Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

    Reports say the merchant had lost a consignment of grain belonging to Sheikh Issa worth $5,000 (3,300). He survived the abuse, but needed extensive hospital treatment.

    Mr al-Mulla said the fact the trial had taken place was "a sign that the UAE is showing that everyone in this country can be put in front of law and judged".
    The BBC's Christian Fraser in the region says the verdict will do little to satisfy those who have long criticised the Emirates abject human rights record.
    They will argue it proves once again that the extended royal family and those Emiratis in positions of power are often above the rule of law, says our correspondent.
    The UAE is a federation of seven wealthy emirates with substantial oil reserves and a large expatriate population. Each emirate is run by a ruling family and citizens are granted few political rights.
    BBC News - UAE sheikh cleared in videoed torture case


    Before we get all Muzzie-bashing . . . this has nothing to do with Islam, otherwise the outcome would have been quite different. These precious little rulers play with religion to suit their needs and are actually quite anti-religious when it comes to preserving their status

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    Oh, here's a photo of the sweetheart . . .

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    What a darling....

    Oh and I have to say what a nice new avatar..PH...very cool

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    Yes, he looks like the kind of guy one would have in one's close circle of friends . . .

    My avatar? Simply applauding the many excellent decisions by some in our moderating team . . .

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    I already posted this, it got dumped in a thread with a whole bunch of others the other day by some new wankstain mod.
    Ask KW, he saw.
    What the fuck is going on around here.

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    Sorry, Dug, I didn't see your thread.

    Who knows . . . seems like the mods are not getting used to their training wheels

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    I just saw the torture on youtube, it's pretty sick stuff this Issa bin Zayed is into

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post

    Before we get all Muzzie-bashing . . . this has nothing to do with Islam, otherwise the outcome would have been quite different. These precious little rulers play with religion to suit their needs and are actually quite anti-religious when it comes to preserving their status
    Aawh c'mon, give us a break:
    The basis of all legal systems in the the UAE is Sharia or Quranic Law.

    ( Where have you laid your hat panama ? Welcome back ! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    I just saw the torture on youtube, it's pretty sick stuff this Issa bin Zayed is into
    The poor guy was drugged . . . he is innocent . . . apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    The basis of all legal systems in the the UAE is Sharia or Quranic Law.
    Yes, I guess you are right, but the royal family is above the law, hence above Islam

    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    ( Where have you laid your hat panama ? Welcome back ! )
    Vielen Dank Herman . . . My hat will be missing for a while, too much of a mod-target

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post

    Vielen Dank Herman . . . My hat will be missing for a while, too much of a mod-target
    You're way too smart to be targeted. Pick up your shield and don't disappoint me .
    Remember this is only Teakdoor....a bit like reading Bild Zeitung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sdigit
    I just saw the torture on youtube, it's pretty sick stuff this Issa bin Zayed is into
    The poor guy was drugged . . . he is innocent . . . apparently
    Ah yes a well known side affect to being drugged, ordering guards to help in the torturing of people for insignificant business abnormalities.

    Could happen to anyone

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    Typical of most countries in the Middle East. Surprised they didn't convict the grain dealer of some spurious offence such as loitering in the path of a vehicle......

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman View Post
    Aawh c'mon, give us a break:
    The basis of all legal systems in the the UAE is Sharia or Quranic Law.
    Just like any other Asian country (and many outside of Asia) laws are for the poor people, not the rich and connected.
    Whether its an Islamic, Christian or Buddist country makes no difference.

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    It's like Thailand, but with more sand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    It's like Thailand, but with more sand!

    and less hoes . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    Remember this is only Teakdoor....a bit like reading Bild Zeitung.
    Express beim Fruehstueck vor der Schule . . .

    And you are doing a dis-service to Bild!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
    My avatar? Simply applauding the many excellent decisions by some in our moderating team . . .
    I thought they just lived at one point for me...Hey as long as it doesn't turn into 'No freedom of speech TV' otherwise a new website will be created called opendoor.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole View Post
    I thought they just lived at one point for me...Hey as long as it doesn't turn into 'No freedom of speech TV' otherwise a new website will be created called opendoor.com.
    You're a bit late

    http://www.opendoor.com/


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