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Old August 3, 2005, 05:01 AM
Banglatiger84 Banglatiger84 is offline
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Same old story, non-britishers trying to show they are more loyal than the king......


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4740699.stm

Dubai arrest Britons claim abuse

Labour MP Shahid Malik has called on the government to investigate
Two Britons arrested in Dubai on suspicion of involvement in the London bombings claim they were abused, threatened and deprived of sleep.
The West Yorkshire men, who protest their innocence, say they and a third UK man in Dubai were held for 10 days.

Labour MP Shahid Malik urged the government to investigate. The Foreign Office said it would ask Dubai for an investigation if the men wished.

BBC Radio 4's Today said it had been unable to contact Dubai authorities.

The two men say they were arrested in a restaurant on 21 July and freed 10 days later without an apology.

A Foreign Office spokesman said it was confirming the dates over which the men had been held, but that while they were in custody "our staff gained full consular access to ensure all of their immediate welfare needs were addressed".

But one of the men told Today that he had been deprived of sleep for three days and forced to stand with his arms in the air for more than seven hours.

They were constantly coming in and out of the room to make sure you did not close your eyes

British businessman

One of the men said a guard had called him "a dirty Pakistani" and "a dirty dog".

"You smell like an animal, you look like an animal," he also said he was told.

"They were constantly coming in and out of the room to make sure you did not close your eyes," the man added.

"I lost all sense of time."

By the third day of captivity, the man said, he had been hallucinating and "begging for mercy".

The Foreign Office spokesman said: "We take any allegations of human rights abuses seriously.

"If the individuals want to do so, we will raise those allegations with the relevant authorities and ask for an investigation."
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