Just bought Sim cards used to libel leaders

The defendant, H.H., 33, from a Gulf country, is accused of posting insulting pictures of the UAE’s leaders and spreading rumours about the country on social media.



By Mustafa Al Zarooni - City Editor

Published: Wed 29 Apr 2015, 1:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:38 PM

Abu Dhabi — The lawyer of a man, accused of posting insulting pictures of the UAE’s leaders and spreading rumours about the country on social media, said his client merely purchased the sim cards which were used by his manager to post the pictures.

The defendant, H.H., 33, from a Gulf country, said earlier that his manager gave him a ‘military order’ to purchase the UAE sim cards.

His lawyer, Hamdan Al Zeyoodi, argued that H.H. had no bad intentions. “I would like to clarify to the court that the story in this case is that H.H. was an employee in the state security, and his job duties required him to purchase whatever is necessary.”

Al Zeyoodi said H.H. should not be prosecuted for a crime he did not commit.

“Article 2 of the Constitution states that a man does not take offence of the crime of another. My client works in a military environment and was ordered to ... (purchase the cards). He did not know the purpose or the aim of the purchases,” the lawyer said.

The defendant said he was not told why his manager wanted the sim cards. “I have over 5,000 photos on my phone and I assure you none are insulting to any member of the royal family.”

 

Libel case adjourned

A man, who allegedly insulted the UAE leaders because he “drinks too much coffee”, said he was not prepared for his defence, the Federal Supreme Court heard on Monday. Emirati E.S., 48, said he forgot to request the case files during the last hearing. The case has been adjourned to May 4.

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