December 12, 2009
Genuine surprise, Abu Dhabi Trail
I have to say, this bit of news from FT.com that Son of late Abu Dhabi ruler put on trial is a real surprise.
Abu Dhabi authorities have put on trial Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the ruling family caught on tape apparently torturing an Afghan business associate, the Financial Times can reveal.
Sheikh Issa, one of 19 sons of Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s late ruler, is charged with causing harm and endangering life.
This unprecedented trial, held away from the public eye, will be seen as a barometer for the rule of law in Abu Dhabi, where the lines between the government and ruling families are blurred.
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To what do you attribute this turn of events? Reform in the direction of rule of law? The Sheikh run afoul of his elder brothers? Family anger over public embarrassment created by the tape ?( I believe someone over here tried to subpeona a copy, possibly in a lawsuit)
Posted by: zenpundit at December 13, 2009 09:24 PM
The Sheikh run afoul of his elder brothers?
Something along these lines, I would say. They wouldn't have acted unless they were personally pissed off with him and needing to "curb" him in some way.
Posted by: secretdubai at December 22, 2009 09:21 PM