It’s one of the most disturbing videos I’ve ever seen. A member of the ruling family of the UAE tortured a man he didn’t much care for, beating him with a board bristling with nails, driving a car over him, and all kinds of nasty, nasty business, displaying a sadism rarely seen in public. A top-ranking police chief was right there the whole time, letting it happen, in fact enabling it, as they drove out in the desert to do this.
I’m pretty sure I wrote about it here when it went public. Oh yeah, here it is: Obama wants to give nukes to the crooks in the UAE. Sorta flew under the radar, didn’t it? How many people know anything about our nuclear deal with the UAE? Yeah, nukes for a psychotic ruling family of a country that can’t even keep its books straight. Nice.
The videotape of the torture slowed the deal down, but apparently it went through, because, well, corruption wins every time, right? Gotta go where the money
is was, and the money ain’t here any more.
Anyway, here’s a new article on the outcome of this crime:
UAE sheikh acquitted in taped beating
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — A United Arab Emirates sheikh was acquitted Sunday of charges connected to the videotaped beating and torture of an Afghan grain dealer.
Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the emirates’ ruling family, was charged with rape, endangering life and causing bodily harm in connection with the nearly three-hour long tape shot in 2004 in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, one of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf region.
However, the court acquitted Issa on Sunday, ruling he had diminished responsibility for his actions because of the effects of medication his defense attorney claimed he was given. Issa had a “lack of criminal responsibility,” the court found, defense attorney Habib al-Mulla told CNN.
“The judiciary system acquitted Issa based on the evidence presented by the defense that the sheikh was under the influence of drugs given to him,” al-Mulla said. “That deprived him from his poise and caused him to carry out acts that were out of consciousness and that were photographed with the intention for later extortion.”
The tape surfaced last year as a piece of evidence in a federal civil suit filed in Houston, Texas, against the sheikh by his former business partner, Bassam Nabulsi. It caused outrage among human rights groups and in the United States, where senior U.S. officials familiar with the case said the tape delayed the ratification of a civil nuclear deal between the UAE and the United States.
On the tape, Issa is seen along with a private security officer stuffing sand in the man’s mouth. As the grain dealer pleads and whimpers, he is beaten with a nailed board, burned in the genitals with a cigarette lighter, shocked with a cattle prod and led to believe he would be shot. Salt is poured into his wounds.
In the end, the victim can muster up only weak moans as an SUV is repeatedly driven over him.
So he gets off with the “twinkie defense”.
I’m sure the videotape cowed anyone who might be considering convicting this guy that it would probably be a pretty bad idea. I mean, I’m amazed it went this far. What a joke. “Yeah, let’s waste everybody’s time and money to put on a little pony show demonstrating that we have this thing called “justice” in the UAE. I mean, for everybody BUT the ruling family.”
Sure. Like I said, it’s good to be King.
And these are our “friends”. We do nuclear deals with these guys. We move American businesses to this country (like Halliburton! as American as baseball!) If the United States was on Facebook, the UAE and this monster would have been one of the first to get “friended”. So would the guys who torture people for us in Uzbekistan. BFF’s!
And on the 18th, Goldman Sachs is handing out 20 BILLION dollars in bonuses (we used to call it “embezzlement”) to its partners in crime. And nothing will be done. There won’t even be a protest, apparently, because everybody will have their eyes diverted to, if not Harry Reid’s “scandal”, something new.
I wish I was King.
If I was King, there would be serious hell to pay. For some people. Those who skate. Those who torture. Those who murder, and those who steal retirement funds. They would skate no more.
And if anyone thinks “oh, this stuff only happens in other countries,” I’ll remind you that Dick Cheney shot a man in the face. And the man later apologized to Dick Cheney. Just in case you’d forgotten.