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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