A member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan (pictured) who is a younger half brother of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and son of the revered late Sheikh Zayed who founded the modern UAE has been caught on tape engaging in particularly sadistic torture. The tape was smuggled out of the UAE by American citizen Bassam Nabulsi whom fled the UAE after he fell out with Sheikh Issa whom he had business dealings with. In the graphic tape the Sheikh is seen mercilessly torturing the man who is an Afghan grain salesman that apparently overcharged the Sheikh for a delivery to his ranch. The Sheikh is clearly seen Whipping the man, beating him with a board with a nail in it, rubbing salt in his wounds, using a cattle prod against his genitals, burning his genitals and finally running over him several times in his Mercedes.
Secret Dubai Diary describe the reaction of the UAE authorities
In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.
"The incidents depicted in the video tapes were not part of a pattern of behavior," the Interior Ministry's statement declared.
The Minister of the Interior is also one of Sheikh Issa's brother.
The government statement said its review found "all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department."
Below is the ABC report on the incident. It contains some of the graphic images from the torture video
For the record, I am glad I live in a western democratic state. Our leaders may have clumsily blundered us into a recession but they are not above the law. I'll take my chances with the street crime. I would prefer to be mugged by a junkie than bundled into a van by secret police. On the surface the UAE is a wonderful place but underneath, where it counts it is rotten. Sometimes on the surface, a country like Ireland may seem decadent and materialistic but underneath, where it counts, it is solid.