Met asked to investigate claims UAE officials tortured three Qataris

Men allege they were beaten, given electric shocks and kept in solitary confinement by UAE officials and politicians

Scotland Yard’s war crimes unit is assessing a request to investigate allegations that United Arab Emirates security officials and politicians authorised the torture of three Qatari citizens in the UAE.

The legal application, involving British police in a Gulf human rights dispute through the UK’s powers of universal jurisdiction over serious crimes, is likely to prove diplomatically embarrassing for the government.

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