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Man sentenced to 10 years in jail for supporting terrorist groups

He created an account in a terrorist network and used it to spread hatred among the people; posted information in favour of terrorist groups.

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Published: Tue 26 May 2015, 2:05 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:40 PM

Abu Dhabi - The Federal Supreme court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced an Emirati to 10 years in prison for aiding terrorist groups and trying to damage national unity.

The court also ordered the seizure of items in his possession and to shut down and block his social media accounts.

He is accused of breaching public order by disseminating information about terror groups on the website, and abusing or insulting the stature and prestige of the country.

In this case, the public prosecution said that 29-year-old defendant had created and run an account using the name Ibn Al Wahidi on Al Fidaa Islamic Network, knowing it was connected with terror networks. He used this account to spread terrorist ideas which could have spread hatred and damaged national unity and peace.

The accused also posted information in favour of terrorist groups, Al Qaeda, Nusra Front and Daesh, with the intent of attracting new members and promote their ideologies.

He also provided these terror groups with money to help them achieve their goals.

During the trial, his lawyer argued that social isolation was behind his actions. “It is a possibility that the defendant hid behind the account to be an online hero. This shows that he needs psychological help and treatment.”

He opened an account on the said website “out of curiosity and did not personally write anything on it”. “Statements attributed to the defendant were written by someone else ... The phrases had been copied from another website and then pasted onto this one,” the lawyer said during the trial.

In another case, a person was sentenced to five years in jail for offending the country's icons and leadership figures.

The 27-year-old government employee called judicial procedures a “farce” on social media.

He was accused of spreading rumours through his personal Twitter account. He also publicly insulted royal family members on the account, the court heard.

The accused will be deported after serving the sentence.

The court said the accused was found guilty of importing electronic chips used in making and launching weapons, and also forging stamps.

In an earlier hearing session, the accused requested the court to provide him a lawyer as he was under financial strain and could not afford one himself.

However, the court-appointed lawyer didn't turn up to defend him, so the judge asked the father of the accused to bring a lawyer on his own in the next hearing. 

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