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Dechert partner Neil Gerrard fails to rebut allegations of human rights abuses

Deputy Judge Andrew Lenon QC has now handed down his judgment in the case of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) v Farhad Azima. The ruling is highly relevant to Karam Al Sadeq’s recent torture claims against international law firm Dechert and lawyer Mr Neil Gerrard who represent RAKIA.

Ras Al Khaimah has a well-documented track record of human rights abuses and the Judge noted in this judgment that: “The 2014 Amnesty International Report indicates that there were real grounds for concern about detention procedures in RAK. None of RAKIA’s witnesses were in a position to refute the findings in that report.” (Judgment para 202)

As the Judge ruled in his conclusion, Mr Azima was intending to draw attention to “actual cases of detention and illegality, not fabricated cases.” (Judgment para 202)

The Judge noted that reports had been provided t