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Dubai releases “torture case” Britons

Three men were jailed for drug offences

Dubai releases “torture case” Britons
Three British men who were given four year jail sentences in Dubai for drug offences have been released.

Three British men who were given four year jail sentences in Dubai for drug offences have been released, just three months after being convicted.

The three – Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Willaims – were jailed in April this year after being found guilty of possession of synthetic cannabis. They were released as part of a Ramadan amnesty granted to many prisoners each year in the emirate, according to The Guardian newspaper.

The case had risen to global prominence after the three men had claimed they were tortured during a seven month detention period before their trial – claims vigorously denied by authorities in Dubai.

In a statement issued through the human rights charity Reprieve, which has been campaigning for the men's release, Cameron's mother, Tracy, said: "After a year of waiting, we are deeply relieved and overjoyed to have Grant back home with us after his terrible ordeal. We hope that his friends Karl and Suneet will soon also be safely back in Britain.

"Obviously what Grant has been through has been very distressing for him, and the family as a whole. We'd ask that people give him the time, space and privacy he needs to settle back in."