French rights group sues Abu Dhabi crown prince over war crimes in Yemen

 

A rights group based in France has filed a lawsuit against Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during his visit to Paris over his complicity in war crimes committed in Yemen.

The complaint filed by the International Alliance for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms (AIDL) on Wednesday accused Prince Mohammed, who is Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, of war crimes, complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen.

"He is the supreme leader of the United Arab Emirates' armed forces, and with (Saudi crown prince) Mohammed Bin Salman, he is also the instigator of the whole war that is now taking place in Yemen and the methods used for this war, meaning massive and indiscriminate bombardment," lawyer Joseph Breham, who represents the AIDL in filing the suit, said.

He added that a number of Yemenis have joined the lawsuit filed in a Paris court.

The complaint cited a report by UN experts that said airstrikes conducted by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE on Yemen may amount to war crimes and that torture was carried out in two centers run by Emirati troops.

 

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