Jail for 69 in sedition case
In a case that has hogged the headlines for months, those who plotted against the UAE and its institutions have got what they deserved
Four months and 13 sessions later, the Federal Supreme Court sentenced 69 Emiratis to jail for five to 15 years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.
The court sentenced 56 of the 94 defendants to 10 years in prison each.
Five defendants were jailed for seven years each while eight tried in absentia were sentenced to 15 years each.
A total of 25 people were acquitted including all 13 women arrested in the crackdown and who had been on bail since the start of the trial on March 4.
Prosecutors said the accused were linked to Al Islah group, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Their trial was the largest in the history of the UAE. The defendants, among them lawyers, university professors and students, were arrested between March and December 2012 for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.
In February, UAE Attorney-General Salem Kobaish said the defendants were being tried for “having created and led a movement aimed at opposing the basic foundations on which the state’s political system is built and at seizing power”.
The group had formed a “secret organisation” which was in contact with individuals and organisations “abroad”, including the Brotherhood, and had also created or invested in real estate firms to finance their organisation, he said.
The verdict cannot be appealed.
On June 19, UAE authorities announced they were charging another group, comprising 30 Egyptians and Emiratis, with setting up an illegal branch of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, in a case linked to that of the 94 tried in this case.
All are equal before the law
rticle 25 of the UAE Constitution states categorically that: “All persons are equal before the law, without distinction between citizens of the Federation in regard to race, nationality, religious belief and social status.”
The right to a fair trial is guaranteed by Article 94 of the UAE Constitution.
As required by UAE law, each defendant has the right to their own legal representation. In cases where a defendant cannot afford a lawyer, the court will provide one.
Articles 1 to 8 of Law No. 3 of May 26, 1993 guarantee the independence of judges.
Definition of the UAE Penal Code Article 180
Article 180 relates to the acts of “establishing, instituting, founding, organising, administering or joining an association, corporation, organisation or any branch thereof, with the aim of overthrowing the regime of the State, or publicising it where the use of force is noticeable”.
It also relates to the acts of “receiving or obtaining funds of any kind from a person or body abroad, whether directly or through an intermediary, if the purpose of this is to publicise any of the things provided for in this Article”.
(Source: Ministry of Justice)
Convicts and their jail terms
Mohammed Saqr Yousef Al Zaabi
Abdul Rehman Khalifa Salim bin Subaih
Saeed Nasser Saeed Nasser Al Tenaiji
Mohammed Jassem Mohammed Darwish Al Nuaimi
Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al Shaiba
Hamad Mohammed Rahma Obeid Al Shamsi
Khalaf Abdul Rehman Al Rumaithi
Jassim Rashid Al Shamsi
10 years plus three-year probation
1. Sultan Kayed Mohammed Al Qassimi
2. Mohammed Ali Saleh Al Mansour Al Mansouri
3. Rashid Omran Ali Obaid Al Shamsi
4. Hussain Ali Abdullah Al Najjar Al Hammadi
5. Hassan Mohammed Hassan Ahmed Al Hammadi
6. Ahmed Ghaith Ahmad Ghaith Al Suwaidi
7. Ali Hussain Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi
8. Ali Saeed Mohammed Hassan Al Kindi
9. Khaled Mohammed Abdullah Al Shaiba Al Nuaimi
10. Saif Mohammed Ali Al Ajla Al Ali
11. Abdul Salam Mohammed Dawrish Al Ali
12. Hamad Hassan Ali Ruqait
13. Mohammed Abdul Razzaq Mohammed Al Siddiq Al Obaidali
14. Hadef Rashid Abdullah Al Owais
15. Abdullah Naseeb Karama Al Jaberi
16. Fuad Mohammed Abdullah Hassan Al Hammadi
17. Hussain Munef Al Jaberi
18. Ahmed Saif Kalf Saleh Al Matri
19. Mohammad Abdullah Al Roken
20. Abdul Rahim Mohammad Abdul Rahman Al Zarouni
21. Issa Khalifa Ahmed Saif Al Suwaidi
22. Juma Saeed Juma Bin Darwish Al Falasi
23. Misbah Darwish Juma Kadas Al Rumaithi
24. Shaheen Abdullah Mall’allah Al Hosani
25. Saif Mohammad Saif Mohammad Al Attar Al Dhanhani
26. Ahmed Yusuf Abdullah Buatabi Al Za’abi
27. Khalifa Hilal Khalifa Hilal
28. Khalid Fazal Ahmed Jasim
29. Salim Ali Salman Hamdoon Al Shihhi
30. Saleh Mohammad Saleh Al Zafeer
31. Salim Abdullah Rashid Sahoo Al Suwaidi
32. Khalid Mohammad Yusuf Salim Rashid Al Yammahi
33. Ahmed Rashid Ibrahim Al Taboor Al Nuaimi
34. Saeed Nasir Saeed Usman Al Wahidi
35. Ali Abdullah Mahdi Saleh
36. Abdul Aziz Ali Saeed Harib
37. Ibrahim Ismael Ibrahim Al Yaqoot
38. Ahmed Saqr Mohammad Obaid Al Suwaidi
39. Tariq Hassan Abdullah Al Qattan Al Harmodi
40. Rashid Khalfan Obaid Sabt Al Ali
41. Tariq Ibrahim Abdul Rahim Al Qasim
42. Abdul Rahman Ahmed Mohammad Al Hadidi Al Ali
43. Eisa Ma’adad Abdullah Al Seri Al Muhairi
44. Salim Mosa Farhan Al Halyan
45. Ali Salim Mohammad Al Ghawas Al Za’abi
46. Ali Abdullah Fath Ali Al Khaja
47. Ahmed Hajji Sakher Al Qubaisi
48. Ahmed Hassan Mohammad Al Rustamani
49. Ahmed Kuned Al Muhairi
50. Ismail Abdullah Mallallah Al Hosani
51. Abdul Rahem Abdullah Abdul Kareem Naqi Al Bastaki
52. Mohammed Saeed Mohammed Thiyab Al Abdouli
53. Ibrahim Hasan Ali Al Marzouqi
54. Hasan Munif Al Jaberi
55. Najeeb Ahmad Abdullah Ahmad Amiri
56. Ali Mohammed Bin Hajr Al Shehhi
Omran Ali Hasan Al Radhwan Al Harthi
Mahmoud Hasan Mahmoud Ahmad Al Hosani
Abdullah Abdul Qader Ahmad Ali Al Hajiri
Mansour Hasan Ahmed Al Ahmadi
Fahd Abdul Qader Ahmed Ali Al Hajiri
Found not guilty
Khamis Saeed Ali Saeed Alsam Al Zeioudi
Ahmed Awad Yaslam Salem Al Sharqi
Amina Sultan Abdullah Al Nuaimi
Mariam Mohamed Saleh Mohammed Al Zaferi
Hoda Khalfan Bin Kamel Al Nuaimi
Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Rashed Abdan Al Naqbi
Jamal Awad Yaslam Salem Al Sharqi
Adnan Abul Karim Mohamed Jalfar
Ali Humaid Ali Rashed Al Nuaimi
Badr Abdul Rahman Abdullah Hussein Al Hammadi
Fatima Obaid Al Salaqi, Wife of Ibrahim Ismail Al Yaqout
Majida Fares Abdul Razeq Al Fares Al Shammari
Hessa Mohammed Saleh Mohammed Al Zafir
Fatima Hassan Mohammed Al Za’abi
Najiba Mohammed Hassan Al Hosani
Naeema Mohammed Yehia Abdullah
Jamila Salem Obaid Al Tarifi Al Shamsi
Hadya Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Sayed
Naeema Ali Hassan Abdullah Al Marzouqi
Rashid Mohammed Abdullah Al Roken
Tawfiq Youssef Al Shaikh Abdullah Al Mubarak
Adel Ahmed Abdul Kareem Al Zarouni
Mohammed Abdullah Al Sha’mi
Ahmed Mohammed Saleh Abdullah Al Hammadi
Najeeba Abdullah Ahmed Youssef Al Hashemi
Assets to be confiscated
The court ordered the confiscation of the following properties/assets:
- Dh290,000 seized from the home of Salem Abdullah Rashid Sahoo Al Suwaidi
- Dh100,000 seized from the Tebah Pilgrimage and Umrah company in Sharjah of Eisa Ma’adad Al Sarri Al Muhairi
- 20% of the capital of Al Salam English Private School in Abu Dhabi
- Dh1.1 million of the equity of Manazal Construction Company
- Al Khatem Farm, North, No. 97, owned by Ahmed Mohammed Mohammed Kaneed Al Muhairi
- Residential and Commercial Building No. 1875 in Muwaileh area of Sharjah, Plot No. 1443
- Commercial Building No 2206 in Muwaileh area of Sharjah, Plot No. 8048.
- Dh1 million owned by Ahmed Hassan Mohammed Al Rustumani
Centres ordered to be closed
- Al Aqel Al Zaki Centre
- Al Usrah Al Saeeda Centre.
- Manarat Educational Consultancy MEC in Ajman.
Websites to be shut down
- Emirates Media ‘&’ Studies Center (EMASC)
- The Seven Emiratis website
- watanserb.com (Watan Yugharedo Khareja Al Serb)
- aleslaah.net (Da’wat Al Eslah)
- yanabeea.net (Yanabe’a Tarbawiya or educational springs)
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