Pro-Turkey lawyer asks U.S., U.K. to probe UAE officials' Yemen war crimes

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An obscure law firm with close ties to the Turkish government filed requests on Wednesday with the authorities in the United Kingdom, the United States and Turkey to investigate some senior officials of the United Arab Emirates, alleging they were guilty of war crimes and torture in Yemen.

The complaints were filed by Stoke White, led by head of international law Hakan Camuz, to the U.K. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. and Turkish justice ministries on behalf of journalist Abdullah Suliman Abdullah Daubalah and Salah Muslem Salem, whose brother was killed in Yemen, Reuters reported. Camuz hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in London in May 2018 as head of the pro-government Türken Foundation’s U.K. office.

The men in the complaint accuse the UAE and its alleged mercenaries of torture and war crimes against civilians in Yemen in 2015 and 2019, Reuters said.

Stoke White, which says it is “representing the disempowered, neglected and mistreated around the world", has a single-page website under construction. The firm has tweeted three times from its Twitter account. The first tweet was on Feb. 11. All three related to the lawsuit.