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Video matter referred to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office

posted on 11/05/2009: 3871 views


Abu Dhabi, 11th May 2009 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has announced, in a press release today, its acceptance of the recommendation of its Human Rights Office to refer all documents related to the recently broadcasted video depicting the ill treatment of an individual to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office.



The Office has requested that the Public Prosecution Office conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation of the depicted incident, immediately and without delay, and take all necessary legal actions as stipulated by the laws of the United Arab Emirates.



Subsequent to reviewing the broadcast video and meeting with the victim involved in an effort to gather information about the facts surrounding the incident and the persons perpetrating, present, watching, participating or otherwise involved in the acts depicted on the video, the Human Rights Office recommended that the case be immediately referred to the Public Prosecution Office for investigation and further action.



This is to ensure that all human rights obligations are met and enforced, that all national laws are applied equally and with transparency to all, and that the country continues in its efforts to respect the rule of law and ensure that all individuals in the Emirates are provided fair and equitable trials and have an opportunity to be heard.



The Human Rights Office also recommended that the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office, immediately and without delay, take a number of necessary interim actions pending the finalization of its investigation. These actions include issuing orders suspending those involved from their official duties, if any, preventing them from traveling outside the UAE, and detaining them pending the outcome of the investigation. Consistent with Article 25 of the UAE Constitution, these actions should apply to all identified suspects in the matter including Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.



Acting upon these recommendations, the Public Prosecution Office has officially launched a criminal investigation into the events depicted on video, and detained Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pending the outcome of this investigation.



Furthermore, the Human Rights Office has issued additional recommendations to the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department as a result of its review. These include the establishment of a specialized unit at the Public Prosecution Office that will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting human rights complaints. The Human Rights Office has also recommended that additional more intensive and specialized training on international human rights principles and obligations be implemented throughout the Emirates, with a particular focus on upgrading the curricula of judicial training institutes and police academies.



In its statement, the Judicial Department also indicated that the Human Rights Office has affirmed, in its report, the right of individuals to submit complaints concerning the abuse or infringement of rights and freedoms to the concerned authorities including the Public Prosecution and judicial authorities as granted by Article 41 of the UAE Constitution.





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