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Sun 10 Jan 2010 03:53 PM

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Sheikh Issa cleared over torture allegations

Abu Dhabi royal family member cleared of all charges following trial over 2004 incident.

Sheikh Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, on Sunday was cleared of all charges in a trial over the alleged torture of an Afghan grain merchant in 2004.

Sheikh Issa was accused of endangering a life, causing bodily harm, and rape for the 2004 incident that was caught on videotape.

The tape allegedly showed the sheikh physically abusing the businessman with the help of men wearing what appear to be police uniforms.

Sheikh Issa had pleaded not guilty, claiming “diminished responsibility” due to medications administered to him at the time.

The defence accused two of the sheikh’s seven co-defendants of drugging him, videotaping the incident and trying to blackmail him.

Five of the other six defendants were found guilty, and a security guard was also cleared.

Sheikh Issa, who is a son of Sheikh Zayed, holds no official government position.

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