The mother of a man on trial for drugs offences in Dubai has described the alleged electric shocks and beatings he suffered at the hands of police, after he was arrested with two other Britons.
Grant Cameron, 25, was detained along with Suneet Jeerh, 25, and Karl Williams, 26, while they were out in the nightlife area of the principality last July.
The three, who claim they were tortured while in custody, will find out on Monday the verdict in their trial for possession and intent to supply synthetic cannabis, known as spice.
The men, from London, say they were forced to sign documents in Arabic – a language none of them understands – after having guns put to their heads.
Mr Cameron’s mother, Tracy, told Sky News: “When he was initially arrested, the three boys were separated, handcuffed, put into cars and driven into the desert.
“It did appear that the CID officers were using different tactics to try and disorientate the boys.
“They were beaten while handcuffed while in separate cars. Beaten around the head, guns were held to their head and they received various Taser injuries as well.
“After being in the desert for some time, they were the taken back to their hotel room where they were separated once again and I can only say that the treatment got a lot more severe.”
Mr Jeerh’s sister, Davena, told Sky a cattle prod had been used to give him electric shocks.
“They kicked, punched him,” she added. “They used a gun – the back of the gun – to hit him on the head, where they cut all of his head open on the back.”
All three have denied charges of “consumption and possession with intent to distribute”, and appeared at their first trial hearing in February after spending seven months in custody.
The conclusion of the trial is set to overshadow a visit to the UK on Tuesday by the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated he will use the visit to raise his concerns about the case.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has called for a full, independent and impartial inquiry into the allegations of torture.
It said it has raised the allegations with “very senior officials” in the UAE and will continue to do so.
The UAE has said it has investigated the allegations of torture and found them “baseless”.
The trio’s case is being backed by the overseas justice charity Reprieve, which is calling for a full review of their treatment.
In a draft witness statement provided to Reprieve lawyer Marc Calcutt, Mr Williams described having a towel put on his face by police and having electric shocks on his testicles.
The torture took place in the desert, it was claimed, where the men were initially taken after their arrest, and subsequently in a hotel room.
The statements they signed were not full confessions, but have been used in the trial as evidence.
In a letter to Reprieve, David Cameron wrote: “The UK Government takes all allegations of mistreatment very seriously.
“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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