Press Release: ICBU to prepare arrest warrants against UAE Crown Prince, Military Chief of Staff
Brussels – Paris – London – 15 October 2017
International Campaign to Boycott UAE (ICBU) has started legal processes to explore the possibilities of arresting Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces army as well as the Chief of Staff, Hamad Thani Al Rumaithi and State Minister for Defence Affairs Mohammad Al Bawadri for potential war crimes in Yemen.
The three senior names could face immediate arrest should they travel to Europe.
On Friday, 13 October 2017, an ICBU coordinator met with senior international criminal lawyers in London to discuss the legal routes possible to arrest the senior UAE officials should they visit the UK. The campaign supplied a number of renowned legal chambers with reports, evidence and information of possible war crimes committed by UAE forces in Yemen. The senior international lawyer who met with the campaign revealed that there is strong and valid legal case against the three UAE officials.
“The evidence brought by you before us today is powerful and can pave the way for a strong legal claim. Children and innocent civilians were bombed by F16 Jets and shelling. Those officials have many questions to answer as to how this happened”.
The campaign has also presented copies of reports and pictures of UAE practices in the south of Yemen which show evidence of torture.
It also presented information and names about enforced disappearances. The lawyers are due to file a claim to the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) which is responsible for the investigation of all allegations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and torture.
The private arrest warrants are in accordance with UK section 1(4A) of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980.
ICBU campaign teams have also met with two senior international layers in Brussels and Paris and discussed mounting similar legal action. The discussions focused on issuing European arrest warrants throughout the European Union member states. Under the EAW Framework Decision of 2002, various charges can be looked at such as crimes within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court as well as any convictions of legal actions taken by EU member states.