Redbridge men jailed in Dubai
PUBLISHED: 06:50 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:24 29 April 2013
Three Redbridge men have been jailed in Dubai on drugs charges they deny.
Suneet Jeerh, of Ilford, and Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, both of Wanstead, deny drug consumption and possession with intent and claim they were tortured immediately after their arrest and before they were taken to jail.
Today the trio were all found guilty of drugs offences and sentenced to four years in jail each, according to reports.
The three men, all 25, were arrested after police claimed to find synthetic cannabis, known as spice, in their hire car in July.
They say they were tortured with electric shocks, beaten and threatened with guns by police in the desert after being arrested, and then in a hotel room.
Family members were not allowed to make statements on behalf of the men at their final trial hearing last week.
Grant’s mother Tracy Cameron had planned to ask the judge to send her son home, but she was told to sit down.
Tracy was at the hearing with relatives of other prisoners, including Suneet’s sister Davina Kumar.
Before the sentencing Prime Minister David Cameron had expressed his concern over allegations that the three men were tortured by the Dubai police.
The men claim they signed documents in Arabic - a language none of them understands - following their arrests after they were threatened with guns to their heads, the human rights charity Reprieve said.
Mr Williams also reported having electric shocks administered to his testicles during the ordeal, the charity added.
In a letter to Reprieve, the Prime Minister has said he will use a state visit by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) president in the coming week to raise his concerns about the case.
Mr Cameron wrote: “The UK government takes all allegations of mistreatment very seriously.
“We continue to press for evidence for a full, impartial and independent investigation into the allegations. The absence of an independent medical examination remains a concern.”
He continued: “During the state visit of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan there will be opportunities to raise a wide range of issues including concerns about this and other consular cases.
“We continue to request these cases are fully and independently investigated.
“I appreciate this must be an extremely difficult time for Mr Cameron, Mr Williams and Mr Jeerh and their families.”
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