x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Prosecutors say 13 policemen beat murder suspect to death

Dubai CID officers including a lieutenant colonel, six lieutenants and six lower-ranking officers have denied charges that they killed an inmate while torturing him and two others during an investigation last year.

DUBAI // Prosecutors say 13 police officers killed an inmate while torturing him and two others during an investigation last year.

The 13 officers – a lieutenant colonel, six lieutenants and six lower-ranking officers – have denied the charges.

The surviving inmates, M?S and S?H, told prosecutors they heard the beating and saw the body of B?K, a Pakistani man who was being questioned with them in a kidnapping and murder case in June.

They say members of the Dubai Police Criminal Investigation Department tortured the three of them in the Naif police station.

When B?K’s body was taken to the police morgue, the doctor there saw massive bruising and suspected the man had been abused. He notified prosecutors about performing an autopsy, and his findings led them to open an investigation, records show.

The allegations against the officers include torture and unlawful detention of B?K, M?S and S?H, as well as abuse of power, excessive use of force during interrogation, forgery and giving a false statement.

The defendants include nine Emiratis, A?R, 35; M?A, 30; R?H, 24; A?S, 26; G?S, 30; B?M, 25; J?E, 32; R?S, 24; and A?H, 44. Two of the officers, K?M, 31, and S?A, 56, are Pakistani, while K?H and S?S, both 33, are Omani.

They will appear before the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance on May 31.

M?S, 33, a Pakistani cashier, told prosecutors he and B?K were arrested on May 27 of last year. S?H, 38, was arrested on May 28. .

M?S said all three of the men were severely beaten at various times in late May and early June. M?S said he was arrested in Al Satwa, then placed in a CID car, where he was slapped and punched in the face, abdomen and thighs.

He was taken to Al Rafaa police station, then moved to Naif station.

Prosecutors said officers there hit him in the groin with a metal bar and a wooden stick, then stripped him naked and sprayed his body with WD40, an anti-rust agent.

“One of them was shouting, ‘If he doesn’t respect the law, we beat him, and if he dies, we dump his body somewhere’,” M?S told prosecutors.

S?H, a shop supervisor from Pakistan, said his hands were tied behind his back before he was beaten and left standing in a dark room. He said the abuse came at the hands of several officers.

“Some of them insulted me with inappropriate words in both Arabic and Urdu,” he told prosecutors.

He said the officers banged his head against a wall as they continued beating and kicking him. Then they took him to Ajman, where the missing man lived, prosecutors said.

Both men said that as they were being moved from an interrogation room, they heard someone else being beaten. They then saw B?K laying motionless on the floor of another room, face-down and wearing traditional Pakistani clothing.

“I saw him for nearly 10 seconds,” M?S testified.

A?E, a forensics expert who examined B?K’s body, said he had suffered bruises all over his body, and that the cause of death was bleeding in the brain.

A senior prosecution official told The National: “When I saw the deceased’s dead body, there wasn’t an inch of it that didn’t have a bruise.”

A?E said the bruises were likely caused by sticks or bars, but some had been caused by bare hands. He said the beating of M?S caused his kidneys to fail.

The case in which the inmates were arrested involved the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani man working in the truck rental business. Police say he disappeared in May in Dubai after a meeting about buying new trucks. His body was found buried in Sharjah two weeks later.

Prosecution records showed no indication that anyone had been charged in his death.

salamir@thenational.ae