Family of American rotting in jail in Dubai say US has abandoned him, latest insult being Joe Biden’s efforts to free WNBA player Brittney Griner from Russian jail while ignoring her status.
Zack Shahin and his family argue that his 2015 arrest for financial fraud, his subsequent 2017 conviction and a heavy 49-year prison sentence were politically motivated because his UAE-sponsored real estate company was strictly targeted for political reasons. internal to the United Arab Emirates.
When the leader of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, died in 2006, many of his ministers were eventually deposed and their business relationships were severed. Shahin’s company, named Deyaar, was backed by Dubai’s finance minister, Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, who was later charged with embezzlement in 2009.
Shahin’s family say he was caught up in the country’s political intrigue and used as a pawn to attack former associates of the UAE leader.
The financial fraud Shahin was found guilty of cannot be substantiated by auditors, according to Fox News, which reported: “The Big Four global accounting firms audited Deyaar during Zack’s years as CEO and found no loss. financial nor proof of the financial crimes that he was. accused of.”
“My dad is just an ordinary American who started working hard to make a name for himself,” Zack’s son Ramy told Fox. “He took this small real estate company and made it what it has become and built much of what Dubai is famous for. And then they just shot him.
The Shahin family felt particularly let down as Joe Biden worked to free Brittney Griner. At the same time, Biden was so publicly worried about Griner that the Shahin family was trying to have Zack released on humanitarian grounds due to his rapidly failing health.
But, while Griner’s case was elevated to a national problem, the State Department did nothing to help the Shahins.
“They completely abandoned us. . . they completely pushed us to the side,” added Ramy. “Maybe we’re not worthy enough for them – we’re not famous, we’re just an ordinary family – and they just left us.”
Unfortunately, Zack may be on probation. He suffers from a host of medical problems that developed during his detention.
Describing Zack’s horrific living conditions, Fox reported:
Bright fluorescent lights are still on in the concrete cell the US citizen shares with 60 other prisoners. The noisy air conditioner works 24 hours a day. The air is damp and cold and smells of rotting flesh.
Zack sleeps on a plastic mattress with a dirty blanket and clothes that have never been washed. Prisoners are rarely released from their cells.
The American citizen suffers from a growing list of health problems. He was in a hospital in the United Arab Emirates for multiple operations and amputations as doctors tried unsuccessfully to preempt recurring infections. As a result, he suffers from lung infections, multiple skin lesions and pressure sores. The family fear there are worse problems but have not been allowed to see the man’s medical records.
Martin Lonergan, a British activist who met Zack in prison, told Fox News that Zack was “rotting” in prison.
“If you can imagine a man is dying because he’s rotting…they cut pieces of Zack, and he dies trying to fight off the infection,” Lonergan said.
“My dad is hopeless. It hurts me every time I talk to him because he lost hope a long time ago. He’s a shell of what he used to be,” Zack said.
“I will keep fighting until he comes out,” exclaimed Ramy. “And if I fail, so be it. But I will never let that pass.
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