UK/UAE: Lawyer tortured in Dubai tells Scots UAE judges to challenge human rights abuses or quit

October 14, 2018

David Haigh spoke out after it emerged a British university student had been held ‘without explanation’ for five months.

A lawyer tortured in Dubai has urged Scottish judges working in the United Arab Emirate to challenge human rights abuses or quit.

Former Leeds United chairman David Haigh spoke out after it emerged Durham University student Matthew Hedges had been held “without explanation” for five months.

Matthew’s wife has claimed that his rights are being “violated on a daily basis” after being accused of spying.

A Sunday Mail investigation last week revealed Scottish and other UK judges are on the payroll of the UAE despite its toxic human rights record.

Haigh was arrested in Dubai in 2014 after a dispute with his former employers and tortured while held in prison without trial for 14 months.

Haigh, of campaign group Detained in Dubai, said: “In light of yet another British citizen being held by the UAE and deprived of basic legal rights, these judges need to speak out and call for an urgent investigation.

“If that is not done properly then they need to resign. For Scottish and English judges to continue turning a blind eye to flagrant abuses of human rights and the rule of law is untenable.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/lawyer-tortured-dubai-tells-scots-13412671

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-45941337

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http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20181023-chercheur-britannique-juge-emirats-arabes-unis-accuse-espionnage-printemps-arabes (FRANCAIS)

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https://www.punjabkesari.in/international/news/british-student-matthew-hedges-charged-with-spying-in-uae-891261 (HINDI)

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