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Sheikh reportedly detained pending torture investigation - CNN.com

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi who was captured on videotape torturing an Afghan grain dealer has reportedly been detained, a senior U.S. State Department official told CNN Saturday.

Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, pictured here, allegedly tortured a business associate on videotape. 1 of 3

The official said the government of the United Arab Emirates, which includes Abu Dhabi as one of its seven emirates, told the State Department that Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan is under house arrest pending an investigation, but that the United States has not independently confirmed the development.

The videotape emerged last month in a federal civil lawsuit filed in Houston, Texas, by Bassam Nabulsi, a U.S. citizen, against the sheikh. Former business partners, the men had a falling out, in part over the tape. In a statement to CNN, the sheikh's U.S. attorney said Nabulsi is using the videotape to influence the court over a business dispute.

by Fran on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 11:14:49 AM EST
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In a statement to CNN, the sheikh's U.S. attorney said Nabulsi is using the videotape to influence the court over a business dispute.

In another report I read that the Sheikh kept a library of his torture tapes which he could view at his pleasure.  The really interesting question is how his former partner got a copy of this tape.

This is not the first instance I have encountered of this Arabian business negotiating technique.  When I was in Riyadh one time I worked out of the offices of an Australian national who had a Saudi partner.  My company knew him from work at the Jeddah Airport.  He was pleasant and able.  I later learned that, when he wanted to wind down his business and leave the country, he and his wife were arrested, jailed and held for several months before being allowed to leave.  I never had the chance to again talk with him so I don't know the details, such as what he had to leave behind.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun May 10th, 2009 at 11:45:09 PM EST
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