UAE: ANHRI Demands from the Authorities the Immediate Release of the Activist Abdullah-El-Hadidi and Drops all the Charges Pressed on Him

Cairo March 31, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the intransigence of the authorities with the families of the detainees and the use of all the repressive methods with them to silence their voice and to stop speaking about the case of the detainees or disseminating any news related to it.

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the court refused to release the activist “El-Hadidi” on a bond. As he was arrested on Friday, March 22, 2013, who is one of the significant reports of the trials course of the 94 detainees via twitter. In addition to his cooperation with the Rights Observing Committees which attended the hearings trials and his continued communication with the families of the detainees.

The court pressed several charges such as publishing with dishonesty and with by intention the course of the public trial in the High Federal Court in the case no. 17 of 2013 – State Security- via his personal account on twitter. The charges included also, using violence and force with the two police officers (Rabiee’ Amziayan and Mustafa Fares) –  from the Department of the Private Security Guards in the General Headquarter of Abu-Dhabi police forces to abstain them from performing their work of maintaining order and securing the Hight Federal Court hall and the defendants attending the case no. 17 of 2013 – State Security, in an implementation to the court decision.

It is worthy to be noted that “El-Hadidi” is tried according to the articles 5/1, 248/1 and 265 of the federal penalty law and the two articles 1 and 1/46 of law no. 5 of 2012 related to the combating of IT crimes in addition to the two articles no. 2, paragraph “B” and no. 45 of the penal code no.1 of 1970 on the penal code to Abu-Dhabi.

ANHRI said “pressing such charges on the activist “El-Hadidi” is a serious violation to his right to expression and the exchange of information, that supposedly available as it is a public trial according to the authorities. In addition to such charges remind us of the case of “Moza El-Mansouri” the daughter of “Dr. Mohamed El-Mansouri”, who was accused of assaulting a security personnel in the court as she was sentenced for a three months imprisonment by the First Instance Court and then was acquitted by the Court of Appeal”.

ANHRI added that “how the authorities say that the court is public while in the same time, ban the families of the detainees from attending the hearings of the court. In addition to banning the human rights observers from attending the hearings and harassing who exchanges its news”.

ANHRI demands from the authorities to immediately release the activist “El-Hadidi” and drop all the charges pressed on him in addition to guarantee his safety.
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