Talk:Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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His Highness Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is a member of the Royal Ruling family in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. He is the half brother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current President of the United Arab Emirates. He is also half brother of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E Armed Forces.

Sheikh Falah bin Zayed was the subject of a lawsuit filed by an Italian-American in Geneva August 2003, claiming that the American had been assaulted in the posh La Reserve Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland. The lawsuit claims that Sheikh Falah made homosexual advances and was refused by the American, and that Sheikh Falah then whipped the American with a leather belt, for turning down the Sheikh's advances, and a bottle of champagne offered by the Sheikh. [1]

Sheikh Falah was convicted of intentional assault with a dangerous instrument in 2008, and ordered to pay 10,000 swiss francs in fines, plus a suspended fine of 540,000 swiss francs. [2]

This conviction was overturned on appeal of the fine that had been imposed. The appeal court acknowledged the facts of the incident, fully confirming the belt attack, but ruled that the leather belt was not a dangerous object. [3]

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GENEVA (AFP) – The brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates has been acquitted on appeal against a fine imposed last year for an assault at a Geneva hotel, the plaintiff told AFP on Saturday.

Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan had been ordered to pay 540,000 Swiss francs (337,000 euros, 532,000 dollars) by the court, suspended for three years, for hitting an Italian-American, Silvano Orsi, with the buckle of his belt in the hotel in 2003.

The sheikh was also sentenced to pay legal costs of nearly 3,000 Swiss francs in the trial in June 2008.

Orsi said on Saturday that the appeal court had acknowledged the facts of the incident, but ruled that the belt could not be considered a dangerous object.

"It is a disappointing decision ... particularly in a city which is the headquarters of the UN Human Rights Council," he said.


Some issues regarding names (keep in mind that I am not an expert on the topic):

  • The prefix al- ("the") should be followed by a hyphen.
  • "al-" is capitalized ("Al-") only at the beginning of a sentence.
  • According to Arabic name, a name is not shortened to the family name (as would be in the West, e.g., "Smith said..."), but to the first name, i.e., Falah, not al-Nayan.
  • I am not sure whether, in the case of a sheikh, that title needs to be used with the name, e.g., "Sheikh Falah is..."

It seems to me that we should move the title of this article to "Falah bin Zayed al-Nahyan", or perhaps "Falah al-Nahyan", and that perhaps we should call him "Falah", or "Sheikh Falah" throughout the article. Peter Chastain (talk) 11:38, 25 December 2011 (UTC)