May 9, 2009

Abu Dhabi Sheikh on house arrest; torture investigation underway

Per CNN, Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, is currently under house arrest pending a torture investigation.

The investigation was triggered after a videotape was released in Houston, Texas, in April by Bassam Nabulsi, a U.S. citizen and a former business partner of al Nahyan. The videotape shows the Sheikh torturing an Afghan grain dealer, who Nabulsi’s attorney claims cannot be located, per CNN.

The detention comes in light of the delayed ratification of a civil nuclear deal between the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Here's a sample of Twitter reaction:

  1. tomsp
    tomsp (Abu Dhabi, UAE) Parallel between torture Sheikh Issa, who will not prosecuted, and CIA torturers, who will also not be prosecuted...
  2. Maysaloon
    Maysaloon (Undisclosed) Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al the video and see the animals who rule the Arab world in action.
  3. Abe Abe
    LatinBeauti (Undisclosed) UAE Torture | Photos of Sheikh Issa ...-
  4. Varun Hemachandran
    varunh (Chennai, India) Sheikh Issa's #torture tape complicates US deal with #Emirates: #dubai #uae
  5. Alan Furth
    afurth (New York, USA) US firms helping Abu Dhabi censor footage of Sheikh Issa's tortures?
  6. Anarchism Rules
    tolstoyscat (New Jersey, USA) #Torture tape of Gulf prince in 25 other attacks: Video proof against Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Issa (Changed RT @Milfuegos)
  7. Velvet Hammer
    velvethammer (USA) “Torture Tape” Sadist UAE Royal Sheikh Issa Allegedly Involved in 25 Additional Tortures (video inc.) H/T igeldard
  8. William Chan
    wmchan (Undisclosed) Video of UAE torture prince assaulting 25 others -- who's censoring this news in the UAE?: Sheikh Issa bin Zay..
  9. Sujay Nazareth
    slnazareth (Undisclosed) Horrible! UAE sheikh Issa torture an Afghan Business man in Abu Dhabi www AB...
  10. Vernon Bell
    Abetterme09 (Houston, Texas) 15 Member of UAE royal family accused of torturing at least 25: Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan is about to ..

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