Britons tortured as bomb suspects in Dubai

Two British businessmen, Mohammed Rafiq Siddique and Alam Ghafoor, allege they suffered torture and death threats from secret police in Dubai after British intelligence passed on information that they were suspects in the July 7 London bombings. The two British Muslims from west Yorkshire told the Guardian they were repeatedly threatened with torture, deprived of sleep, subjected to stress positions and told they would be killed and fed to the dogs.

The men believe part of the reason they came under suspicion is because one of them comes from Dewsbury, like one of the suicide bombers, and has a name similar to him. Mr Ghafoor said: “I said I want to phone the British embassy. They said you are here because we were given information by British intelligence, they told us to pick you up.”

Guardian, 3 August 2005