Three men from Wanstead and Ilford held in Dubai claim to have been tortured while held on drugs charges

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh

Three men who were on holiday in Dubai claim to have been subjected to torture, including beatings and electric shocks, after being arrested in the United Arab Emirates.

Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, both 25 and from Wanstead and Suneet Jeerh, also 25 and from Ilford, have been in custody for seven months after being arrested when police claim to have found synthetic cannabis known as 'spice' in their car.

The three men have pleaded not guilty to the charge of consumption and possession with intent to distribute and are due to have their first hearing today.

Human rights charity Reprieve claim the men signed documents in Arabic - a language none of the men understand - after being beaten and threatened with guns.

Reprieve lawyer Marc Callcutt took down the men's witness statements in which their torture is detailed.

Mr Williams' said in his witness statement his was beaten in a hotel room and was electrocuted in the testicles.

He said: "I remember that the police put a towel on my face so I could not see. They kept telling me I was going to die. I was so scared.

"Once I had been knocked to the ground, the police picked me up and put me on the bed. They pulled down my trousers, spread my legs and started to electrocute my testicles. It was unbelievably painful. I was so scared.

"Then they took off the towel and I could see that there was a gun pointed at my head. All I could think was that the gun in my face could go off if the policeman slipped, and it would kill me. I started to believe that I was going to die in that room."

Reprieve lawyer Marc Callcutt, who drafted the witness statements, has called on the Dubai authorities to drop the charges.

MP for Wanstead John Cryer met with relatives of Mr Cameron and Mr Williams yesterday.

He said: "I am very concerned for the well being of the men and was horrified to learn of the alleged accounts of torture and intimidation.

“I will be making immediate representations to the Foreign Secretary urging the FCO to investigate the allegations of torture and to  request an urgent meeting with me and my constituents families to discuss the case in full.

"It is imperative that the UK Government can bear pressure of the Dubai authorities to independently investigate the allegations of torture and to offer full consular support to the men and their families.”

 

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9:50am Thu 21 Feb 13

SXH says...

These mens human rights were illegally taken from them, but when others from that country throw human rights at the UK we have to abide our legal laws?
These mens human rights were illegally taken from them, but when others from that country throw human rights at the UK we have to abide our legal laws? SXH

11:03am Thu 21 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

When people from UK are used to our Liberal and pathetic attitude to Crime in this country they get a sudden shock to the system when they try and continue their activities when abroad and bleat to The Foreign Office to help them out. The Foreign Office Publishes many Leaflets and on line information on do's and don'ts in various countries and the perils of ignoring the same.


Drug use and alcohol use in certain middle eastern countries should set of alarm bells in the minds of the average adult with average intelligence.

Obviously I do not condone torture but it is strange how every Brit Abroad who gets in a pickle with the Law blames someone else or all and sundry except themselves.

Maybe this will teach them a lesson in life whatever the circumstances.

No wonder that you do not get much drug use problems in certain countries.
When people from UK are used to our Liberal and pathetic attitude to Crime in this country they get a sudden shock to the system when they try and continue their activities when abroad and bleat to The Foreign Office to help them out. The Foreign Office Publishes many Leaflets and on line information on do's and don'ts in various countries and the perils of ignoring the same. Drug use and alcohol use in certain middle eastern countries should set of alarm bells in the minds of the average adult with average intelligence. Obviously I do not condone torture but it is strange how every Brit Abroad who gets in a pickle with the Law blames someone else or all and sundry except themselves. Maybe this will teach them a lesson in life whatever the circumstances. No wonder that you do not get much drug use problems in certain countries. Cornbeefur

12:08pm Thu 21 Feb 13

SXH says...

I do not agree with drug use, my comment is based on human rights that was illegal taken from them.

Brits are alwayes treated different abroad, to how foreign nationals expect to be treated in the UK.
I do not agree with drug use, my comment is based on human rights that was illegal taken from them. Brits are alwayes treated different abroad, to how foreign nationals expect to be treated in the UK. SXH

6:47pm Thu 21 Feb 13

ColinOrient says...

SXH wrote:
I do not agree with drug use, my comment is based on human rights that was illegal taken from them.

Brits are alwayes treated different abroad, to how foreign nationals expect to be treated in the UK.
It is always like this in foreign countries if the person chooses not to abide by their laws. Every angle is the same - if you go abroad, do not or cannot work- there will be no free big house nor huge social security benefits on demand, like here. This is why the UK, despite being despised by most foreign lands, is the laughing stock of the world.
[quote][p][bold]SXH[/bold] wrote: I do not agree with drug use, my comment is based on human rights that was illegal taken from them. Brits are alwayes treated different abroad, to how foreign nationals expect to be treated in the UK.[/p][/quote]It is always like this in foreign countries if the person chooses not to abide by their laws. Every angle is the same - if you go abroad, do not or cannot work- there will be no free big house nor huge social security benefits on demand, like here. This is why the UK, despite being despised by most foreign lands, is the laughing stock of the world. ColinOrient

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