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A UAE (Emirati) Royal Family Member, Sheikh Issa, Tortures a Person
A UAE (Emarati) Royal Family Member, Sheikh Issa Tortures a Person
ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh
Police in Uniform Join In as Victim Is Whipped, Beaten, Electrocuted, Run Over by SUV
Man Says U.S. Embassy Officials in Abu Dhabi Knew of Torture Tape
Nabulsi first met Sheikh Issa when he traveled to Houston for medical reasons. Nabulsi provided hotel and limousine services and their relationship grew into a business partnership, he says.
Nabulsi, in his lawsuit, says he was falsely arrested on narcotics trafficking charges by Abu Dhabi police when he refused to turn over the tapes and mistreated in prison, where he was held for three months.
“They would stick a finger up his anus and say, ‘this is from Sheik Issa, are you going to give us the tapes,'” said Nabulsi’s Houston lawyer, Tony Buzbee.
“They would keep him from sleeping, deny him his medications, tell him they were going to rape his wife, kill his child. They made him pose naked while they took pictures,” the lawyer alleges.
The UAE government said its review “also confirmed that Mr. Nabulsi was in no way mistreated during his incarceration for drug possession.”
After a short trial, Nabulsi was convicted of having prescription medicine without a prescription from a local doctor. Evidence at the trail showed his doctor in Houston had prescribed the medicine.
Nabulsi was expelled from the country and his passport is stamped with the notation “Not Allowed to Return to the UAE.”
Nabulsi says officials at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi were aware of the torture tapes but took no action to protest the Sheikh’s action.
The UAE is considered a stalwart U.S. ally in the region, with close cooperation in working against al Qaeda. The U.S. Navy has an important base outside Dubai.
Nabulsi says he even showed portions of the tape to a Department of Homeland Security official stationed in Abu Dhabi to train UAE police, Bill Wallrap.
Nabulsi says after the U.S. official watched the tapes, he advised Nabulsi to “gather your family and get out of the country as soon as possible for your own safety.”
A spokesman for DHS said neither Wallrap nor the DHS would have any comment on the torture tapes.
In its 2008 Human Rights report, the U.S. State Department referred to “reports that a royal family member tortured a foreign national who had allegedly overcharged him in a grain deal.” The State Department made no reference to the video tapes played for the U.S. official.
Other U.S. embassy employees did help, says Nabulsi, who credits them with keeping him alive by their visits to the prison.
Asked why neither he nor his brother didn’t report the torture he saw on the tape to authorities in the UAE, Nabulsi said, “I mean the whole government is all brothers. I mean the president is al Nahyan, the crown prince is al Nahyan, the foreign minister is al Nahyan, the foreign minister is al Nahyan. What can you do?”
The co-chairman of the House Human Rights Commission, Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), said the existence of the tape requires the U.S. to take action.
“Granted that they’re strategically located in a key part of the world, but it’s hard to imagine that we’re going to keep going on as if it’ business as usual when this kind of stuff happens,” said McGovern. “My guess is that this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Sheikh Issa’s lawyer, Bristow, has moved to have the case, which also involves allegations surrounding their business dealings, transferred to courts in the UAE.
Wherever it is heard, said Bristow, “You may be assured that in due course the one-sided “story” being told to ABC by the Nabulsi’s and their lawyers will be completely addressed and the Nabulsi’s will be discredited,” he said in a letter to ABC News.
The “‘story that we think ABC is being told is grossly misleading; it is in large measure demonstrably untrue; and it is defamatory to Sheikh Issa.” Bristow represented George W. Bush in the Florida recount case in 2000. Among the firm’s partners is former Secretary of State James Baker.