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Indian Engeneer in prison in Abu Dhabi
by Jabir. P.K.

I am an Indian Mechanical Engineer, established a group of concerns in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

When a court favorably proceeded my civil suit of a building contract, a local who was the opposite, in collusion with police-officials trespassed into my office premises and threatened me to withdraw the civil suit. I refused to yield such a demand; consequently, my entire office was ransacked and valuables looted.

Thereafter, me and my brother were framed under false criminal charges and taken to the central prison. My establishments suffered huge loss for not allowing me to have meetings with any person or communicate with the outside world. My case was taken up in trial only after five months.

The judges were much moved by the massive evidences before them which established beyond doubt the orchestration of the police and the dishonest deals of the local man. The Court acquitted me and my brother and ordered an investigation into the crime committed by the local man and the police.

To avoid embarrassment the prosecution filed an appeal, and on the same day we were granted bail. However, despite the acquittal and the bail we were not released from prison. Later, a full bench appellate court affirmed the decision of the trial court. It further reiterated the condemnation of the prosecutor. An excerpt from the appellate judgment as follows:-

" Verily the Islamic law and the entire positive laws have honoured man and protected his freedom, his honour, his property and his soul. Hence, if man was killed while protecting these, he is considered to be a martyr. And limitation of his freedom without any right is an unforgiving crime and the same is mentioned in the provisions of articles 2 and 3 of the penal procedure code. And it is proved in this case that the policemen along-with the local went to arrest the accused, without any right and curtailed his freedom".

The Judgment copies (English and Arabic) including my prison life are also available at the site: http://www.uaeprison.com

Despite the acquittal, by the Court of first instance and the Court of appeal, we were continued languishing in jail and after a period of one year, on September 28,1996, we were deported back to India. the deportation order was passed without assigning any reason or hearing. (The copy of the deportation letter is also enclosed herewith.)

The gruesome experience in the UAE and the loss of all assets created in 18 years of hard work, I am fighting for justice ever since my deportation. I have made a representation to the Union Government of India and other authorities asking them to grant me leave to institute legal proceedings against the state of UAE.

In October 1996 the Supreme Court while taking cognizance of the case suggested the High Court deal with it. I moved the Delhi High Court, which directed the Union Government to take steps within two months. The deadline set by the High court is long past.

My pleas for justice, to the authorities of United Arab Emirates, India and International bodies concerned with human rights, have so far fallen on deaf ears.

Thanking you kindly for your time and co-operation.

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