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Civilian Contractor Bitten by Bat in Contra Costa, Dies of Rabies

NBC Bay Area  October 4, 2012

A Contra Costa man who was bitten by a bat in June, has died of rabies.

The 34-year-old unidentified man, died July 31st, in Zurich, Switzerland, according to the CDC. The man had previously been getting treatment in a Dubai hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

He had been a civilian contractor in Iraq, and traveled back and forth between the States and Iraq. The man is believed to have been on eight international flights between the time he was bitten and the time he died.

Rabies is almost always fatal after symptoms are present. It can be transmitted from person to person if the infected individual’s tears or saliva are introduced into another person’s open wounds or mucous membranes.

The CDC interviewed others believed to have come in contact with the man, and no secondary cases have been identified

October 5, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq | , , , , , | Leave a comment

UAE is interested in Azerbaijan’s military goods

ABC AZ   May 25, 2011

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. Within his visit to Azerbaijan Head of UAE’s General Staff General Hamid Mohammad Sani Ar-Rumeysi visited a number of the country’s defense industry facilities.

Defense Industry Ministry of Azerbaijan reports that Head of the Emirates’ General Staff got acquainted with “Iglim”, “Radio construction”,” Telemechanics” enterprises  and electronic computers plant. Within the visit he is expected to meet representative of Azerbaijan Defense Ministry’s management.

Recently the Emirates signed the contract for $529 million with Reflex Responses company assuming formation of private army from 800 soldiers to protect oil pipelines, skyscrapers from terror attacks and suppress disorders. Head of UAE General Staff’s personnel administration general Juma Ali Khalaf Al- Hamiri confirmed that foreign contractors will render operative support, assistance in planning army development to Military forces of UAE and trample upon and train local military men. Reflex Responses was founded by Eric Prince, founder of famous private military company Blackwater ( presently- Xe Services LLC).

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May 25, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detained American accused of stealing handcuffs claims torture

Chelsea Carter CNN  May 12, 2011

CNN)An American detained for more than two months in the United Arab Emirates faces up to seven years in prison for stealing police handcuffs, an allegation he says he only confessed to after being tortured.

A judge in Dubai is expected to hand down a verdict next week against Adam Foster, 30, of Burdett, New York, whose case has become the focal point of a grassroots letter-writing campaign via Facebook that calls for his release.

“It’s hard to be hopeful at this point,” Foster told CNN by telephone Thursday from Dubai, where he has been detained since his February 26 arrest. “I don’t want to think I’m going to be getting out of here in a few days and then find I have to stay for seven years.”

The UAE has charged Foster with theft of government property, possession of police paraphernalia and theft at night. If found guilty, he faces up to seven years in prison.

The U.S. State Department confirmed that Foster was detained. American consular officers met him on February 28 before UAE authorities released him on bail March 1.

Officials in the UAE did not respond to a CNN request for comment.

But investigators claim Foster stole a pair of official police handcuffs during questioning in an unrelated matter at a Dubai police station the night before was due to leave the city, according to his attorney, Yousuf Khalifa Hammad.

Foster has said it was a coincidence, saying he was brought in for questioning because he was in possession of a bottle of Korean rice wine — a parting gift from colleagues. He was released without charges.

Foster said he found the handcuffs a day earlier on the ground at a mall parking lot, about a mile and half from the police station where he was questioned.

“I was thinking ‘souvenir,'” Foster said. “They were lying on the ground. So I picked them up.”

Foster, who was on his way home after a six-week stint as a contractor for Dubai Energy Water Authority, was arrested after authorities found the handcuffs in his luggage during a routine security screening at the Dubai airport.

He said he was pulled off the plane, questioned and taken to a police station, where he was interrogated twice by two officers.

It was during that second round of questioning, after hours of maintaining his innocence, he said he was beaten and forced to confess.

Foster claims he was told to take off his shoes and socks, and handcuffed to a chair while one of two officers used a coil to whip the bottom of his feet. He also said he was punched in the face.

“The pain was unimaginable,” Foster said. “So I told them I did it. I told them ‘I’m sorry.'”

Foster said he then signed a confession written in Arabic.

“I have no idea what it said,” he said.

Hammad said there is little recourse for Foster as there were no witnesses to the alleged torture, though court documents show he initially said he was innocent, confessed and then recanted.

“It is up to the judge to consider this,” Hammad said.

Foster said he recanted his confession after he was released from jail. He said he did not tell U.S. consular officials who met with him while he was in jail nor did he file a complaint against the officer in the case because he was afraid he would be beaten again if he professed his innocence.

Robert H. Arbuckle, a public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi, declined to comment because Foster had not authorized consular officials to act on his behalf with the media.

The U.S. Embassy strongly advises travelers to the UAE and those transiting through the country to avoid carrying any type of law enforcement or security item, including weapons, body armor and handcuffs, according to its web site. It warns that people caught carrying such items will face criminal charges.

“I don’t understand how they can do this?” Foster said. “How can they put me away for seven years with no proof whatsoever?”

Foster has been living at a Dubai hotel since authorities released him on March 1. In lieu of bail, UAE officials confiscated his passport to ensure he would appear in court, Hammad said.

Nearly 1,000 people have appealed to Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the United States, and Jeffrey D. Feltman of the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to intervene on Foster’s behalf.

“I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure Adam is treated fairly on May 19 with consideration of his illegal torture and coerced confession,” according to a sample letter posted on Facebook. “Americans all over the world are counting on you and the State Department to speak boldly in opposition to human rights violations.”

Hundreds of others have posted messages of support.

“Imagine yourself in his place for about five minutes. Then do something to help him,” urges Facebook user Bruce Varner.

Foster said he was hanging on to hope that the letters from friends and family might make a difference in his case.

Last year, UAE authorities detained Nicholas Moody of Nevada for more than three months on charges of possessing weapons accessories — parts that could accompany a gun, though no firearm itself.

Moody was arrested during an 18-hour layover in Abu Dhabi while heading back from Iraq. A judge later dismissed the charges.

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May 12, 2011 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nick Moody to Return to U.S. Wednesday

Michael Wolfe  Channel 2 News KTVN Reno

Reno veteran Nicholas Moody has been out of jail in the United Arab Emirates for a couple weeks.

Now we have learned he will be back home in the U.S. in time for the New Year!

Monday afternoon his mother told Channel 2 Moody secured his passport and a new visa and has a ticket to New York City for Wednesday.

His family is still trying to book a flight home from New York to Reno though.

Moody was arrested in September while heading home from his job as a private security contractor in Iraq.

He was charged with possession of weapons accessories parts that could accompany a gun.

He spent 64-days in jail before the charges were dismissed on December 13th.  Please see the original here

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , | Leave a comment