Ex Leeds FC managing director reveals Dubai jail rape hell

Scotland Yard are investigating claims by an ex-football boss that he was raped and tortured in a United Arab Emirates jail after the authorities outed him as gay.

David Haigh, former Managing Director of Leeds United FC, spent 22 months in prison in Dubai after being accused of falsifying invoices and unlawfully channelling funds to a secret bank account.

The 40-year-old claims he was tricked into flying out to the Middle East to meet with officials from Gulf Finance House, from whom he had been trying to buy the football club. But the deal fell through and he claims he was arrested on the trumped-up charges in March 2014. 

Mr Haigh said that during 22 months he spent in jail he was repeatedly tortured and abused, undergoing five 'serious episodes' of physical abuse as well as witnessing the torture of other inmates.

Scotland Yard are investigating claims by ex-football boss David Haigh (pictured) that he was raped and tortured in a United Arab Emirates jail after the authorities outed him as gay

Scotland Yard are investigating claims by ex-football boss David Haigh (pictured) that he was raped and tortured in a United Arab Emirates jail after the authorities outed him as gay

Scotland Yard are investigating claims by ex-football boss David Haigh (pictured) that he was raped and tortured in a United Arab Emirates jail after the authorities outed him as gay

Mr Haigh said that during 22 months he spent in jail iin Dubai (file picture) he was repeatedly tortured and abused, undergoing five 'serious episodes' of physical abuse as well as witnessing the torture of other inmates

Mr Haigh said that during 22 months he spent in jail iin Dubai (file picture) he was repeatedly tortured and abused, undergoing five 'serious episodes' of physical abuse as well as witnessing the torture of other inmates

His complaint to the Metropolitan Police war crimes unit details the five months he spent in hospital on release, suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as damage to his knee, hands, shoulder, eyes, teeth and a fractured cheek bone.

He said that while in jail he was outed as being gay by the authorities against his will, in a country where the penalty for being homosexual is death.

It happened after he wrote pleading letters to the Dubai DIFC Courts, including judges who were required to investigate allegations of torture, but refused to do so.

He said: 'One of these letters begged for the name of my partner and my sexuality not to be made public by the DIFC Court, as I feared for his and my own life.

'This request was ignored, and such information was made public, and further, made available online in a country where the penalty for being gay is death.

Mr Haigh (pictured in February 2014 before he was arrested in Dubai) claimed he was tortured in the same police stations as where Lee Bradley, a British holidaymaker, died in 2011 amid allegations he was beaten in custody

Mr Haigh (pictured in February 2014 before he was arrested in Dubai) claimed he was tortured in the same police stations as where Lee Bradley, a British holidaymaker, died in 2011 amid

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