By Damian Reilly
Witness saw man adding mind-altering drugs to the Sheikh's juice prior to attack.
The drink of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, who was recently acquitted of torturing an Afghan grain dealer, was intentionally spiked with mind altering drugs prior to the attack, it was reported on Thursday.
“The jury concluded that Sheikh Issa was unaware of his acts and had no control over his behaviour because he was given intoxicating drugs and mind-affecting substances without any knowledge from his side or knowledge about its contents or effects,” the verdict sheet from the Al Ain court trial, reported by Gulf News, said.
The drugs had been added to the Sheikh’s juice deliberately by an American man named only as ‘G.N.’, the documents attested.
“Sheikh Issa sat with the American accused, G.N., in the resthouse of his palace where G.N. secretly put a drug in his juice. A witness named A.A.R. testified that he spotted G.N. putting pills in the in the juice which he served to Sheikh Issa. A.A.R. stated that Sheikh Issa was acting normally until he drank the juice after which his behaviour changed and he acted strangely,” the verdict sheet said.
The attack by Sheikh Issa on the grain dealer was filmed and subsequently released in the United States and on the internet, causing much international outcry.
“The court was further convinced that G.N. and his brother B.N. orchestrated the incident and videotaped it secretly and they broadcast it after they failed to blackmail Sheikh Issa,” the verdict sheet said.
Earlier in the month the court sentenced brothers Ghassam and Bassam Nabulsi in absentia to five years in jail each for drugging Sheikh Issa.