Apparently the 'court' believed his story that he was under the influence of medication, and therefore not responsible for his actions. The judge accepted this, even though his lawyers failed to state exactly which medication he was taking. Oh, and by the way, the trial was held in secret and without a jury. Of course. Well, that IS the mark of a really civilised country!
The really guilty party was, in the curious jurisdiction of the court, the guy who recorded the Sheikh's cruelty on tape. He got five years!!
Actually, I'm quite glad that the unfortunate sheikh managed to wriggle out of his chains. When the police come knocking on my door accusing me of defaming the Crown and lampooning the UAE, I can always claim I was under the influence of medication. And hopefully my trial will be in secret with just the judge and a few legal bods present - I wouldn't want to embarass the family, would I?
Nice one, Sheikh!