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UAE nationals express
 solidarity with leaders

Anwar Ahmad / 18 July 2011

The second closed-door hearing in a case of endangering the country’s security and undermining public order against a group of Emirati bloggers took place on Monday.

A large number of Emiratis gathered outside the Federal Supreme Court (FSC) expressing solidarity with the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the UAE leadership as the second closed-door hearing in a case of endangering the country’s’s security and undermining public order against a group of Emirati bloggers took place on Monday.

Judge Ahmed Abdulaziz heard witnesses from both sides and adjourned the court for the next hearing on July 25. No further details were revealed after the court session ended.

The first hearing in the case was held on June 13 while the five suspected bloggers were arrested in April.

A large number of Emiratis gathered in front of the FSC park since early morning to voice their support to the President and the UAE leadership as the hearing was held in-camera from 11.30am to 1.15pm. Holding banners and flags and wearing vests, they shouted slogans in support of the UAE leaders and condemning the bloggers outside the court premises.

Emiratis from different tribes also registered themselves in support of the country’s leadership which is a popular practice among tribes to consolidate their support for any individual or groups.

Ahmad Mansour Al Shehi, Nasser Ahmad Khalfan bin Ghaith, Fahd Salem Mohammad Salem Dalk, Hassan Ali Al Khamis, all Emiratis, and Ahmad Abdul Khaleq Ahmad, who does not carry identification papers, are standing trial on the charges of endangering the country’s security and undermining public order.

Emiratis who gathered outside the court shouted ‘We are all Khalifa, Khalifa is a red line’ and condemned Al Shehi and his group as ‘traitors’.

People queued up in the park on the hot and sultry day and registered their names and telephone numbers in support of the government.

Mohammed Qaran Al Ketbi who came from Al Ain said: “We all are here supporting Shaikh Khalifa and the government of the country. Whatever these five arrested Emiratis are talking about is completely false and rejected. Education, health, funds and houses are provided by the government. What else do we need?”

Saeed Obaid Al Haaj Al Kaabi from Abu Dhabi said: “All rulers listen to our demands at their ‘dewans’ twice a week and they resolve it immediately. The entire population of the country is unhappy with these culprits who are on trial.”

Al Fandi Al Mazrouei from Liwa said the five people are pursuing personal agenda which cannot be fulfilled.

Hamdan Suroor Al Ketbi from Al Ain said: We want justice from the court about these people. They do not represent the UAE society. Here, all tribes have gathered and support the government of the country.”

Khadim Saeed Mohammed Al Gaithi from Al Ain said: “We believe in the laws of the country and we want justice.”

Khalid Mohammed Al Aamri said, “We wish these plotters get life imprisonment, which could be exemplary for others.”

 anwar@khaleejtimes.com

 
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