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UAE Sheikh held over torture video 12, May 2009

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, The Emirates.
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According to Robert Worth at the NTY, Sheikh Issa Al Nayhan, the half-brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, has been detained under house arrest, following the release of the video of him clearly leading the 45 minute torture of an Afghan grain dealer. This comes 11 months after the authorities had been notified of the tape’s existence and thanks to the release of the tape on ABC news in the US. So far, this incident has caused the US to halt its nuclear deal with Abu Dhabi.

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