A 60-year-old grandfather from London is in hospital after Dubai prison guards allegedly beat him so badly his ‘bone stuck out of his arm’.
Albert Douglas, who is originally from Enfield, is said to have endured appalling conditions in a Dubai prison since February this year, for a crime his family say he didn’t commit.
His son Wolfgang Douglas, who lives in South Kensington, said: “The bone of his arm was actually protruding out of his body.”
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Wolfgang claimed his father was beaten for asking for his medication.
He insisted: “There’s no humanity there.”
Albert has a heart condition, and has been asking for medication for it for seven months. Wolfgang says his dad hasn’t even received a painkiller for his condition.
“I’ll be honest with you,” he said, “he’s petrified.”
Wolfgang says he speaks to his father often, but it comes with a great deal of painful news. Albert has allegedly been beaten repeatedly for five months, sometimes while his arms and legs are bound.
“When he was in the Al Ain prison we never knew if we were going to speak to him again,” Wolfgang recalled, “We thought he was just going to die.”
Albert was then transferred to Bur Dubai jail – where he is now – the very same jail where East Londoner Lee Bradley Brown died in 2011.
“I can’t believe he’s survived it. Hand on heart, I would have never ever pegged him to survive,” his son said.
“He’s just such a little old man.”
Wolfgang previously told MyLondon his father had watched people being tortured in prison, including being hung upside down and having their testicles burnt.
He added: “I’m fighting every single day not just to prove his innocence, but to contest the fact that the British government hasn’t stepped in.”
Albert, who lived and worked in Dubai at the time, was fined after a company his son owned couldn’t pay its debts.
This is a criminal offence in the United Arab Emirates. Albert himself hadn’t been part of the company since 2018, but he was found liable for the offences.
He lost his appeal in February this year. He tried to flee the country after the decision but was stopped at the border.
He was given a three year sentence. But since being in prison, his own business has collapsed, meaning new financial cases have been opened against him.
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“He may well be in prison for the rest of his life,” says Wolfgang, “He’ll actually serve life in jail without committing a crime.”
An FCDO spokesperson said: “We are supporting a British man following his arrest in the UAE, have raised his case with authorities in the country and are in contact with his family in the UK.
“We take all allegations of torture or mistreatment seriously and have requested that these allegations are investigated.”