Turkey, Britain and United States asked to investigate UAE 'war crimes' in Yemen
A group of solicitors have filed a request for the opening of a new case against top officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in three countries, revealing new evidence of extrajudicial killings in Yemen since 2015. The legal team of the London-based Stoke and White law firm has submitted new evidence to authorities in the U.K., the U.S. and Turkey on the attacks that targeted civilians and the members of Yemen's Al-Islah party.
Britain, the United States and Turkey were on Wednesday formally asked to arrest senior officials from the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of carrying out war crimes and torture in Yemen, three sources told Reuters.
British law firm Stoke White filed the complaints to Britain's Metropolitan police and the U.S. and Turkish justice ministries on behalf of Abdullah Suliman Abdullah Daubalah, a journalist, and Salah Muslem Salem, whose brother was killed in Yemen.
The complaint, filed on Wednesday, says the UAE and its mercenaries were responsible for torture and war crimes against civilians in Yemen in 2015 and 2019. A spokeswoman for the UAE could not be reached for immediate comment.
"It is requested that the UK, U.S. and Turkish police open investigations into these alleged crimes as soon as possible," according to one of the sources.
The suspects identified include political and military leaders from the UAE who reside in the UAE and the United States but who travel to Britain regularly.
The UAE is a leading partner in a Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to restore ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government after it was toppled by the Houthis in late 2014. In July the UAE said it was withdrawing its troops from Yemen, but remained a part of the coalition.