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article imageBritish tourists jailed in Dubai drug case amidst torture claims

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 29, 2013 in World
Dubai - The Dubai Criminal Court has sentenced three British men to four years in jail for drug possession. The men, who were visiting the United Arab Emirates as tourists last year when arrested, have alleged they were tortured by Dubai police.
The National reported the three British tourists were arrested following a tip-off, while sitting in a BMW in Dubai Marina, last July. A police search uncovered two plastic bags of the drug Spice, a synthetic form of cannabis. Possession of drugs is strictly prohibited in the Emirates.
Grant Cameron, 25, Suneet Jeerh, 25, and Karl Williams, 26, who claim they are innocent, allege that they were tortured by police following their arrest. The Telegraph reported Cameron's mother said the three men "were Tasered, beaten around the head." Williams claims electric shocks were applied to his testicles.
The charity Reprieve has raised the allegations of torture and said the men should be released. Authorities in the UAE have denied the allegations of torture according to the BBC. However, British Prime Minister David Cameron intends to raise the case with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his upcoming state visit to Britain on Tuesday.
The PM has advised Reprieve "We continue to press for evidence for a full, impartial and independent investigation into the allegations. The absence of an independent medical examination remains a concern."
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