DUBAI – Holiday on July 10 last year, police claimed to have found a quantity of synthetic cannabis known as “spice” in the car of 3 British men.
The Brits arrested were Grant Cameron, Karl Williams, and both 25 from London and Suneet Jeerh also 25 from Essex.
Reprieve lawyer Marc Calcutt said that the 3 Brits have signed documents in Arabic – a language they don’t understand – after being threatened at gunpoint and in Williams’ case, having electric shocks administered to the testicles.
They will appear at their first trial hearing tomorrow after spending 7 months in custody, denying charges of “consumption and possession with intent to distribute.”
“I remember that the police put a towel on my face so I could not see. They kept telling me I was going to die. I was so scared.” Williams said in a draft witness statement provided to Mr. Calcutt.
Williams added, “Once I had been knocked to the ground, the police picked me up and put me on the bed. They pulled down my trousers, spread my legs and started to electrocute my testicles. It was unbelievably painful. I was so scared.
“Then they took off the towel and I could see that there was a gun pointed at my head. All I could think was that the gun in my face could go off if the policeman slipped, and it would kill me. I started to believe that I was going to die in that room.” Williams further explained.
The men were initially taken to the desert where the torture happened after their arrest, it was claimed then later in a hotel room.
Jeerh was separated; he was moved and now stays in Al Awir Central Jail, while Williams and Cameron are in Port Rashid police station since the arrest.
“The idea that young British tourists on holiday can find themselves arrested and tortured in this way is truly appalling. Mr. Calcutt stated.
“Being electrocuted in the testicles is about as brutal a torture as can be imagined. The Dubai authorities need to immediately drop the charges against the men and conduct an independent investigation into how these terrible events occurred.
“If they do not, I am sure this story will linger in people’s memories – particularly when it comes to booking their holidays.” Mr. Calcutt added.