United Arab Emirates sheikh held over torture video

The Abu Dhabi authorities have detained a brother of the president and opened a criminal investigation of a videotape in which he appears to torture an Afghan grain merchant, the Emirates judicial department said in a statement May 11. Sheik Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, whose brother is both the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the seven-member United Arab Emirates, is the first member of the ruling family known to have been criminally investigated. The grisly videotape surfaced last month, provoking outrage in the US Congress, which is set to consider a civilian nuclear agreement with the UAE. (NYT, May 12)

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