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British torture victim acquitted of drug charges

Hasnain Ali detained, beaten and threatened with rape while holidaying in Dubai

A British man arrested and tortured by police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was acquitted yesterday.

Hasnain Ali was holidaying in the Dubai emirate in May 2013 when he was tortured and threatened with rape by police.

Police forced him to sign a confession to drug offences written in Arabic — a language he does not speak — and then brought charges against him for which he could have been sentenced to death.

In response to Mr Ali’s acquittal on all charges, his brother Jed said: “Our family is overjoyed at this morning’s verdict. It is such a relief that Hasnain’s innocence has been recognised and that we will soon have him home with his family.”

Legal charity Reprieve welcomed the news but said action needed to be taken against the “systematic and ongoing” torture and abuse by police in the UAE.

Reprieve called on the government to help British student Ahmed Zeidan, who faces a potential death sentence in the UAE and was also tortured by police and forced to sign a confession on drugs charges.

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