Mother of ‘tortured’ Wanstead man forbidden to speak on son’s behalf in Dubai drugs trial
PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:00 29 April 2013
The mother of Grant Cameron, one of the three Redbridge men imprisoned on drugs charges in Dubai, was not allowed to speak on her son’s behalf in a hearing today.
Tracy Cameron, who was at the hearing with relatives of the other prisoners, had planned to ask the judge to send her son home, but she was told to sit down.
She prepared a statement saying: “[Grant] has been away from his family who love and miss him for a year now[…]he is a kind, caring and, most importantly, honest young man with integrity and dignity.”
The 25-year-old has been in prison for nine months with friends Karl Williams, of Herongate Road, Wanstead, and Suneet Jeerh, of The Drive, Ilford.
The three men were jailed after police claimed to find synthetic cannabis, known as “spice” in their hire car last July.
They claim they tortured with electric shocks, beaten, and threatened with guns by police, before being made to sign documents they did not understand in Arabic.
Today was their last trial hearing before their sentence is passed on April 29.
All three deny drug consumption and possession with intent to supply but face years in prison.
United Arab Emirates authorities turned away a lawyer from legal charity Reprieve who had arranged a legal visit with Mr Cameron and Mr Williams earlier this month.
A torture expert, Dr Frank Arnold, has been denied access to the country to assess the men after doing a report supporting their torture claims and suggested police may have used a cattle prod to give them electric shocks.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is providing consular assistance to the three prisoners and has raised torture allegations “at a very senior level”.
The office cannot overrule another country’s laws or legal processes.
Dubai’s National Media Council has said police deny allegations of torture.
An online petition demanding the immediate release or Grant, Karl and Suneet has more than 1,300 signatures.
Sign it at www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/government-of-the-uae-release-grant-cameron-karl-williams-and-suneet-jeerh.
A website, dubaitorture.co.uk, has contact details for MPs and other organisations for people wanting to take action.
Are you a relative of Grant or Karl? Contact us on 0208 477 3821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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