UAEがカタール人を拷問: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年09月14日

UAEがカタール人を拷問

同じ事件をRTが一日早く伝え、FARSNEWSが後追いしました。読み比べるとFARSNEWSの記事が平易な英語でかつ分かりやすく書いてあることに気付くでしょう。湾岸諸国には、ビジネスで行く人もリスクがあるようです。そこに住む人はそれなりの決意があるんでしょうね。

FARSNEWS2017/9/14
Lawsuit Says Three Qataris 'Beaten, Tortured' by UAE State Security

TEHRAN (FNA)- Three Qatari officials were kidnapped by the UAE security services and held illegally for months, during which they were beaten and tortured, it has been alleged.

Mahmoud al-Jaidah, Hamad Ali Mohammed Ali al-Hammadi and Yousef Abdul Samad al-Mullah have given evidence stating they were on innocuous visits to the UAE when they were seized and accused of a variety of crimes, from espionage to membership of the Muslim Brotherhood, New Arab reported.

"They blindfolded me and tortured me. I was put into questioning and they started to interrogate me with various questions about Qatar and its foreign policy. They started to ask me if Qatar is supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood and why," al-Jaidah said.

Al-Jaidah was detained despite the fact that his wife was sick and at hospital. He also says before he was forced into a false confession, he was given a bottle of water which he believes may have been spiked with some sort of a drug.

Al-Jaidah is a physician and director of medical services at Qatar Petroleum.

Al-Hammadi is the personal assistant to the head of Qatar's State Security Service.

"When I was first detained, the Qatari authorities had tried to get ahold of me, but the UAE told the Qatari authorities that I had not even entered the country," al-Hammadi told The New Arab.

"They took my blood, knowing I have kidney disease. I was denied all medical treatment and was completely locked out of the world," he added.

Al-Mullah is a friend and former colleague of al-Hammadi. They met when working at the University of Cairo. Al-Mullah now works for the Ministry of the Interior in the General Directorate of Passports.

"This is not only about clearing our names and reputations. There are countless others from all over the world currently being tortured and detained illegally in UAE prisons," said Mahmoud al-Jaidah.

"We are bringing this complaint in London because we know that this city will not allow itself to become a safe-haven for torturers."

British Human rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC of Temple Garden Chambers is handling their complaint, which is being investigated by London's Metropolitan Police under universal jurisdiction laws, for crimes such as torture, the UK may seek arrest warrants should the accused enter the country.

The complaint names 10 prominent UAE security officials, including a cabinet minister and a former head of national security.

The three Qatari victims were allegedly held for more than two years, released in 2015 under an agreement between the UAE and Qatar.

They had been subjected to beatings, electric shocks, solitary confinement, forced sleep deprivation and threats of being raped and murdered.

They were allegedly forced into confessions, which were later aired on Abu Dhabi TV and Sky News Arabia.

"At the time of their release, in order to avoid any deterioration in relations with the UAE, the Qatari government settled the matter amicably and compensated its citizens. The forced confessions were never made public," Rodney Dixon QC's office said in a statement.

"However, following the recent breakdown of relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, in June 2017, the forced confessions were publicly broadcast on Abu Dhabi TV and Sky News Arabia."

The fact that the case is being forwarded to the Metropolitan Police brings British law enforcement into the ongoing diplomatic crisis. Any investigation, or lack of investigation, may well end up affecting British foreign policy in a restive region in a post-Brexit era, when Whitehall is desperate for trade deals, notably arms sales.

However, Dixon QC had urged that this move is not political and it is only a matter of pressing on human rights. He claimed that this will not drag the UK into the current GCC diplomatic crisis.

"This is just the very beginning. We have filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police and requested them to open an investigation," he told The New Arab.

RT2017/9/13
UK asked to intervene over claims Qatari govt ministers sanctioned torture in UAE
Britain has been asked to investigate allegations of torture against Qatari nationals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the alleged victims told RT.

Scotland Yard’s war crimes unit is being petitioned to open a case into fresh allegations of abuse which was allegedly sanctioned by government officials in Qatar, in a case which could prove embarrassing for the UK government.

Politicians, including a high-ranking cabinet minister were named in a dossier handed to the Metropolitan Police on Wednesday, which alleges multiple human rights abuses against three Qatari men.

The trio described to RT how they were beaten, tortured, threatened with rape, illegally detained and forced to confess to crimes they did not commit, between 2013 and 2015.

They are calling on the Met to arrest those involved in the alleged campaign of physical and mental torture, if they ever travel to Britain.

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Jaidah was taken for questioning at Dubai International Airport in 2013, as he flew to see his wife. When he was told he was being taken to sign an interview form, he was actually taken to prison, he claims.

“They were wearing national dress, not police uniforms,” he told RT at Scotland Yard.

“Suddenly I found myself in a GMC car with blacked-out windows. They tied my hands, my legs and they closed my eyes.

“They did not allow me to sleep for three days, not a single moment’s rest.

“I was exhausted. They gave me a half bottle of water. After I drank it I found myself laughing. I became very talkative saying a lot of things.
“They slapped me in my face.

“They told me ‘If you don’t answer us as we want, we will deal with you like this.’

“They started with a stick, beating me in the back, there was bruises on my legs, but I was not seen by a doctor.

“They beat me with the stick and they punched me in the stomach – not only that, they were threatening me.

“They were threatening they were going to hang me by the legs, they said they would pull out my nails and that even they could kill me and nobody would know about it.

“I was thinking about my family, my children, I was crying, it was a very bad situation.”

Al Jaidah, director of Medical Services at Qatar Petroleum and a father-of-eight, was reportedly detained from February 2013 until May 2015.

During that time he was deprived of sleep, food and water, held captive for periods without clothes and was held in solitary confinement for eight-and-a-half months, he claims.

The doctor was also allegedly barred from having books and writing material during his time in prison, and would be allowed to call his family, only for the prison to cut off the connection when they answered.

Finally, he says he was forced to tape a confession of the crimes of “sedition and defamation against the UAE” and released.

Hamad Ali Mohammed Ali Al Hammadi, personal assistant to the Head of Qatar’s State Security Service, made similar claims over his detention between June 2014 and May 2015.

Former employee of the Interior Ministry in Qatar Yousef Abdul Samad Al Mullah says he was also detained in the same period.

All three victims were released in 2015 under an agreement between the UAE and Qatar and the Qatari government compensated its citizens.

However, as tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain reached boiling point, the taped confessions were broadcast on live TV, two years after they were recorded.

The British Foreign Secretary has attempted to help patch up relations between Saudi Arabia and its allies in relation to Qatar.

All four severed ties with Qatar after accusing the nation of supporting extremists and cozying up to chief Saudi rival, Iran.

If the UK police agree to take on the case against UAE officials, British Prime Minister Theresa May could be placed in an awkward position, amid claims the UK constantly bends rules for the kingdom.

The lawyer representing the men, Rodney Dixon QC, is calling for justice to be done in the UK, despite its international ties.

“This referral is a test of the British system's duty, willingness and ability to uphold international law and human rights, no matter how challenging that may be,” he said.

“The UK legal system has shown time and time again that it will stand by these principles and values. My clients are hoping that this time will be no different.”

Scotland Yard’s war crimes unit, SO15, has begun an assessment of their evidence which includes testimony but no photographs of injuries, which Dixon says are held by the UAE.

If an arrest warrant is eventually issued, the officials could be detained if they travel to the UK.

UK police can convict those accused under the torture under Section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, regardless of where the crime was committed.

If convicted, prison sentences can stretch up to 20 years.
The men are among dozens of foreign nationals who have complained of torture in the UAE.

Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh claimed he was repeatedly tortured while in prison accused of fraud in Dubai during a 23-month detention.

Al Jaidah warned the international community to act against human rights abuses in the UAE.

“Our complaint is to prevent what is going on,” he said.

“For me, personally, I want to show the dark part of the UAE. It is not only Dubai and development, development of the buildings, they need to develop as human beings.

“They are preventing people from freedom.”
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