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United Arab Emirates (UAE): Further information on death penalty: Touran Ibrahim Abbas (f)

, Index number: MDE 25/003/1998

The Supreme Court in Dubai has upheld the death sentence against Touran Ibrahim Abbas for drug trafficking. It will now be passed to the President for ratification. An appeal court has also upheld the death sentence against Qamar Ali Khan, also for drug trafficking.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 25/03/98
23 June 1998
Further information on UA 66/98 (MDE 25/02/98, 3 March 1998) - Death Penalty
UNITED ARAB EMIRATESTouran Ibrahim Abbas (f)
New name:
Qamar Ali Khan
On 20 June 1998 the Supreme Court in Dubai, UAE reportedly upheld the death
sentence against Touran Ibrahim Abbas. The case will now be referred to the
UAE President, al-Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, for ratification. Touran
Ibrahim Abbas was sentenced to death in December 1997 for drug trafficking
Amnesty International has also learned that an appeal court in Dubai has upheld
the death sentence against Qamar Ali Khan, a Pakistani national. He is said
to have been sentenced to death, also in connection with drug trafficking.
The case should now be referred to the Supreme Court.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Arabic or in your own language:
- expressing concern that the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against
Touran Ibrahim Abbas;
- expressing concern that the death sentence against Qamar Ali Khan has been
upheld on appeal;
- recognizing the rights and responsibilities of governments to bring to justice
those suspected of criminal offences, but expressing unconditional opposition
to the death sentence in all cases as the ultimate violation of the right not
to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment;
- urging that the death sentences be commuted.
APPEALS TO:
President of the United Arab Emirates
His Highness
al-Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Manhal Palace
PO Box 280, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telexes: 22220 PALACE EM
Telegrams: President Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Faxes: +971 266 4799
Salutation: Your Highness
Crown Prince
His Highness
Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum
Ruler of Dubai
PO Box 899, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telexes: 23245
Telegrams: Crown Prince, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Salutation: Your Highness
Minister of Interior
His Excellency
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General Dr Mohammad Saeed al-Badi
Ministry of the Interior
PO Box 398, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Faxes: + 971 2415 688; 971 2461621
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of the United Arab Emirates accredited
to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 4 August 1998.

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