Three British men jailed for four
years each for drug offences in Dubai
earlier this year have returned home
after being pardoned, legal rights
charity Reprieve has said.
Londoners Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron
and Karl Williams were found guilty of
possessing synthetic cannabis in April.
They claimed they were tortured by
police following their arrest while on
holiday in the Gulf state last July.
The three men denied the charges, and
were pardoned in a Ramadan amnesty.
The men, all in their 20s, were arrested
after police said they found a quantity of
a drug known as "spice", a synthetic
product which mimics the effects of
cannabis, in their car.
They say they were subjected to torture
by police - both in the desert, where they
were initially taken after their arrest, and
subsequently in hotel rooms - including
with beatings and electric shocks.
Reprieve investigator Kate Higham said:
"The release of Grant, Karl and Suneet is
welcome, but long overdue.
"They were treated appallingly by Dubai
police, who still have serious questions
"We are glad that they are all now safely
back in the UK, but the UAE's terrible
record on torture must not be
Prime Minister David Cameron raised the
case with UAE President Sheikh Khalifa
bin Zayed during his state visit to the UK
earlier this year.
Police in Dubai have denied any
wrongdoing and say an internal
investigation into the torture allegations
found no evidence to support the claims.