Cameron to push for probe into Dubai torture claims

British prime minister says he will raise need for independent inquiry with visiting UAE president
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 01 May 2013 12:41 PM

British prime minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that there needs to be a "proper independent investigation" into the alleged police torture of three British men who were on holiday in Dubai.

The PM said during a TV interview that he would raise the need for an inquiry with the visiting president of the UAE later on Wednesday.

Cameron described it as the "first step of working out what needs to happen next" in the case.

Cameron also played down any possible fallout from the demand. In comments published on the ITV website, he added: "Look, we have a very good relationship with the UAE and I'm delighted they're here on this state visit this week."

His comments come the day after Dubai's Attorney General said claims by three British men that they were tortured while being detained in Dubai were "baseless".

Issam Issa Al Humaidan said in a statement published by news agency WAM late on Tuesday that an internal investigation was launched following concerns raised by the British Embassy in the UAE.

Al Humaidan also said that Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh, who were convicted for possession of illegal drugs and sentenced to four years in jail on Monday, have not filed any official complaint against the UAE authorities.

He added that the defendants maintain the right to appeal the sentence should they wish to do so.

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