Urgent Action Update: Eight Lebanese Men Await Verdict (United Arab Emirates: UA 38.19)
On 3 April 2019, eight Lebanese men appeared before the state security Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court in Abu Dhabi. They were allowed to speak out about their detention conditions. At least one of them, Abdel Rahman Chouman, described how he was beaten for six hours at a time during the investigation and forced to sign his ‘confession’ without being allowed to read the document. The Court set 15 May for issuing its verdict, and the families were told that the eight men would be transferred to al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi within the following two weeks.