PM's call for "torture" probe

The Prime Minister is expected to press for an investigation into claims three Londoners were tortured in Dubai when he meets with the president of the United Arab Emirates today.

PM to discuss torture claims with UAE President tomorrow

David Cameron with the President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan during a three day visit to the Gulf states last year Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to address claims that three British men were tortured by police in Dubai when he meets the president of the United Arab Emirates tomorrow.

The state visit by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan comes amid allegations that Grant Cameron and Suneet Jeerh, both 25, and Karl Williams, 26, were tortured by police. They were convicted of possessing synthetic cannabis after being arrested in July last year while on holiday.

The men claim they signed documents in Arabic - a language none of them understands - following their arrests after they were threatened with guns to their heads. Mr Williams also reported having electric shocks administered to his testicles.

The Foreign Office has called for a full, independent and impartial inquiry into the torture allegations and has raised them with "very senior officials" in the UAE - and Mr Cameron is expected to discuss the allegations with the sheikh tomorrow.

His spokesman today said there were "no no-go areas" for the discussions, adding:

"We have asked for a full, impartial and independent investigation into the incidents.

We have a state visit, we have an opportunity to build and strengthen relations between our two countries and as part of that we will be talking about a wide range of issues which will include concern about these cases."

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Britons jailed in Dubai could be released in August

by - Senior International Correspondent

They may have been given four years in a Dubai jail but the three Londoners convicted and sentenced here this morning for possessing cannabis will probably be flying home to England in early August.

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh. Credit: Family handout

In the United Arab Emirates there is a tradition of granting royal pardons to first-time offenders during the religious holiday of Eid, which falls twice a year.

The next one is in August, by which time the three Britons will have spent a year in custody.

The last person who I know this happened to had also been sentenced to four years for cannabis possession.

It's a good compromise. The Dubai authorities get to show their toughness on drug crime and then a few months later they can be magnanimous.

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Briton jailed in Dubai 'over the moon' with sentence

Tracy and Phil Cameron, the parents of Grant who was jailed in Dubai today after being found guilty of drug offences, told ITV's Daybreak they had spoken to their son on the phone who was "over the moon" with the four year sentence.

The parents, who feared a longer sentence, said the alleged torture the three men suffered was "outrageous".

Read: Three British men jailed for four years in Dubai.

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Brother of one of the men was 'greatly relieved'

ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine was in court in Dubai today when the three British men were sentenced for drug offences. Speaking to Daybreak he said:

There was barely any time to gauge the reaction of the three defendants because this was all over in about 25 seconds, it's the quickest verdict and sentencing I have ever seen. Clearly the Dubai authorities, given all the publicity there has been, wanted to get this out of the way quickly.

The judge of course spoke in Arabic, he handed down sentences of four years to each of the trio and then told them that they would be deported, now that was translated to the three men and they were quickly led away.

I was sitting close to the brother of one of the men, he was greatly relieved, he told me afterwards that this was actually the best that they could have hoped for.

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Reprieve: Dubai must 'release' Britons after 'torture'

Human rights charity Reprieve, who supported the three British men jailed in Dubai, has released a statement on the verdict:

The central fact of this case remains that these men were tortured by police, but there has been no proper investigation into their abuse.

The only reasonable course of action for the UAE authorities now is to grant these men clemency, release them and allow them to return home to their families.

David Cameron must push for this when UAE President Sheikh Khalifa arrives on a state visit tomorrow.

It also remains essentail that the UAE conduct an impartial investigation into these men's torture, and ensure it is never allowed to happen again.

– Reprieve investigator Kate Higham

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Mother: 'I am absolutely ecstatic' with the result

The mother of one of the men jailed sentenced to four years in prison after being found guilty of drug offences has told Daybreak she is "absolutely ecstatic".

It might sound alarming to us in the Western world, but I am absolutely ecstatic with that information, short of my son walking free from the courtroom today that is the best possible news that I could be given this morning.

– Tracey Cameron, Grant Cameron's mother

We are hoping that the UAE Government will intervene and they will receive a pardon and I'm hopeful that my son will be home with his family by the end of the year.

– Tracey Cameron, Grant Cameron's mother
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Family of Briton jailed in Dubai will 're-appeal' sentence

Davena Kumar, the sister of Suneet who was jailed in Dubai for drug offences today, told ITV News the family would re-appeal his four year sentence.

Ms Kumar also called on David Cameron to "exert pressure" on the United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan when they meet tomorrow.

Suneet's sister claimed that he was kicked, punched, stripped naked and electrocuted after he was arrested.

Read: Three British men jailed for four years in Dubai

Men deny charges and say they were tortured

Grant Cameron, Karl Williams and Suneet Jeerh Credit: Family handout

Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, both from London, and Suneet Jeerh, who's from Essex were convicted of possessing a quantity of a synthetic cannabis after being arrested in July last year on holiday.

The men claim they signed documents in Arabic - a language none of them understands - following their arrests after they were threatened with guns to their heads.

Mr Williams also reported having electric shocks administered to his testicles.

The three deny the charges.

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