UAE Royal Sheikh on Tape: Tortured Victim With Cattle Prods, Whips

April 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—ABC news is reporting today that a member of the royal family of the wealthy Gulf country, United Arab Emirates,  Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed Al Nayhan is depicted on a video tape, smuggled out of the country, viciously torturing a man with a cattle prod, whips, a board with protruding nails, and other methods. The Royal Sheikh then ended the nearly hour-long torture session by repeatedly running the victim over with his Mercedes automobile, the sounds of the man’s breaking bones heard on the tape.

Sheikh Issa is the son of the late United Arab Emirates President Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and brother of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Issa is known as a prominent real estate developer in the UAE.

The depraved and unsettling tape was smuggled out of the UAE by Bassam Nabulsi, of Houston, Texas, a former business partner of Sheikh Issa, who is now suing the Sheikh in a Houston federal court, for damages arising out of his alleged false imprisonment and torture by Sheikh Issa and the UAE police. Nabulsi claims things went sour in his business relationship with the Sheikh when he refused to turn over tapes of the Sheikh’s torture sessions.

The torture session in question was recorded by Nabulsi’s brother, ordered to do so by the Sheikh, so the UAE royal could enjoy watching the torture sessions later in his palace. The man tortured in the tape is said to be an unfortunate Afghan grain dealer, Mohammed Shah Poor, who the Sheikh accused of short changing him.

The tape shows the Afghan victim being held down by a man wearing a UAE police uniform, while the Sheikh tortured the screaming man, inserting an electric cattle prod in his anus, lighting his testicles on fire, beating him with a board with protruding nails, stuffing sand down his throat and whipping him. And that was just the beginning.

The Sheikh is shown becoming increasingly agitated as he stepped up his sadistic torture of the Afghan man, shooting bullets around his head from an automatic rifle and pouring salt in the man’s open wounds. The Sheikh then jumped in his Mercedes and repeatedly ran the victim over. Portions of the tape are all over the Internet today.

Nabulsi says he showed the tape to officials from the U.S. Embassy and the Department of Homeland security. The Democratic co-chairman of the House Human Rights Commission, Rep. James McGovern, from Massachusetts, said the existence of the tape requires the U.S. to take action, even though the wealthy Gulf country is a close ally of the U.S.

The UAE Minister of the Interior, also Sheikh Issa’s brother, said “all rules, policies and procedures were followed correctly by the Police Department.”

Sheikh Issa hired a top gun lawyer, Daryl Bristow of Baker Botts in Houston, who also represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount case. Former Secretary of State James Baker is also a firm partner.

Attorney Bristow claims Nabulsi’s story as told to ABC news is one sided and will be discredited, describing Nabulsi’s claims as “in large measure demonstrably untrue.” Regarding the existence of videotape showing Sheikh Issa brutally torturing an Afghan man, Bristow told ABC news, “the tape is the tape.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, the tape is certainly the tape.



4 Responses to “UAE Royal Sheikh on Tape: Tortured Victim With Cattle Prods, Whips”

  1. Old Man Dotes on April 23rd, 2009 7:14 pm

    “Sheikh Issa hired a top gun lawyer, Daryl Bristow of Baker Botts in Houston, who also represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount case.”

    That makes sense. Get a lawyer who previously represented a man who has demonstrated his contempt for law and humanity to defend another man who has a demonstrated contempt for law and humanity.

    Anyone want to bet that Bush and Issa have sat together and laughed while watching the tape in question?

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  3. dina ahmadi on May 13th, 2009 7:50 pm

    I just cannot understand how someone can be that cruel?My heart is crying for the poor and unfortunate man, who crossed a devil’s path.Where is the human rights group? Are they just a namesake or they are also puppet in the hands of these wealthy brats?But as believer of islam, we know the place of that poor man and of this sheikh also here after . God punish all those who are against humanity and peace.

  4. mahdawi Ahmed on January 12th, 2010 8:20 am

    It is too strange to be believed. How come a prince does this under the sight of a camera? why?

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