Trial of Wanstead and Ilford men ‘tortured’ by Dubai police postponed

10:23 22 February 2013

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams, and Suneet Jeerh are being held in Dubai on drugs charges.

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams, and Suneet Jeerh are being held in Dubai on drugs charges.

Archant

The trial of three men from Wanstead and Ilford held in Dubai on drugs charges has been postponed.

Grant Cameron, 25, and Karl Williams, 25, both from Wanstead, were arrested with Suneet Jeerh, from Ilford, while on holiday in July.

Police claimed to have found synthetic cannabis known as “spice’” in their car but they deny the charges.

Human rights lawyer Marc Calcutt, who has been working with the men for charity Reprieve, said the trial due yesterday did not start.

He added: “The prosecution witnesses didn’t attend so it has been postponed until March 14.

“They have been put back in prison.”

The charity said the men were beaten, tortured and threatened by police officers and forced to sign documents in Arabic, which they do not understand.

A statement from Mr Williams claimed he was tortured by police in a hotel.

It reads: “I remember that the police put a towel on my face so I could not see.

“They kept telling me I was going to die. I was so scared.

“Once I had been knocked to the ground, the police picked me up and put me on the bed.

“They pulled down my trousers, spread my legs and started to electrocute my testicles. It was unbelievably painful. I was so scared.

“ Then they took off the towel and I could see that there was a gun pointed at my head.

“ All I could think was that the gun in my face could go off if the policeman slipped, and it would kill me.

“I started to believe that I was going to die in that room.”

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer has met with relatives of his constituents Mr Cameron and Mr Williams.

Dubai’s National Media Council has said police deny allegations of torture.

The Recorder has asked the United Arab Emirates embassy to comment.

Do you know Mr Cameron, Mr Williams or Mr Jeerh?

Call us on 0208 477 3821 or email newsdesk@ilfordrecorder.co.uk.

Latest London transportation news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Planned Tube strikes have been called off as talks continue (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The Tube strikes planned for September 8 and September 10 have been called off by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Waterloo passengers face severe delays this morning (Picture: Getty)

Waterloo commuters will have to deal with ‘major delays’ until 4pm today after a signalling problem between Wimbledon and Earlsfield.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
(Picture: London24/ Getty)

There’s just one month left to vote for your favourite London transport ‘Design Icons’. The ubiquitous black cab, original Tube map and iconic Roundel are currently leading the race among the 100-strong shortlist which also includes Covent Garden station’s exterior, Cycle Hire bikes, and Wapping Tunnel.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Flowers and tributes left at Bank junction where a cyclist suffered a  fatal collision with a HGV earlier this year (Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today announced a whole raft of new safety measures designed to protect cyclists and pedestrians from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and said the Safer Lorry Scheme could go even further, and stop them from taking dangerous left turns.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Trains to and from Waterloo could be delayed by up to half an hour (Picture: Carl Court/Getty)

South West trains may be delayed, cancelled or disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Twickenham and Feltham this morning.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
All lines from London Bridge via Greenwich are blocked (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Southeastern trains to and from London Bridge via Greenwich are at a standstill due to signalling problems this morning.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Read more
Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more