UAE: ANHRI Demands the Authorities to Drop all the Charges Pressed on the Activist Abdullah Al-Hadidi and Immediately Release Him

Cairo April 9, 2013
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the sentence issued by the Court of First Instance in Abu Dhabi of 10 months imprisonment on Abdullah Al-Hadidi on the background of publishing details related to the court hearings of his father among the UAE94 trials, who are accused of plotting to overthrow the regime.
The UAE First Instance Court, in the hearing held today April 8, 2013, had sentenced the activist “Al-Hadidi” of 10 months imprisonment on charges of publishing in twitter with bad intention what happened at the “public hearing” at the Federal Supreme Case No. 17 of 2013 (case known of UAE94). He was however found innocent from the use of force and violence with public officials officers (Rabiee Amziayan and Mustafa Fares), who works for the Department of escorts General Command of Abu Dhabi Police to carry them unlawfully to refrain from performing their work of maintaining order inside the court room during the hearing of Case No. 17 of 2013.
Al-Hadid was arrested on Friday March 22, 2013, and he is one of the significant reporters to the course of the hearings of UAE94 via twitter, in addition to his cooperation with the Rights Observer Committee that attended the hearings. Moreover, his persistent communication with the families of the detainees. Since this date the court refused to release him on bail. Al-Hadidi was sentenced according to article 1 and 64/1 from the new cyber crime law no. 5 of 2012 to be the first case that a UAE citizen to be punished by such law which restrict all the media freedoms.
ANHRI said: “the sentence issued against him for ten months imprisonment due to posts on his personal account of twitter is a politicization of the case, in order to punish him for his role to convey the details of the hearings of UAE94 and his cooperation with the Rights Observatory Committee in addition to exposing some of the violations committed against the families of the detainees by the security services”.
ANHRI added that punishing Al-Hadidi in accordance with the law no. 5 of 2012 on charges of publishing with bad intention the details related to the trial of UAE94, despite it was a public hearing, according to the authorities allegations, prove with no doubt the false of such allegations”.
“ANHRI wondered how a citizen could be punished for disseminating information and such information supposedly is public and available for everyone?”
ANHRI demands the drop of all the charges pressed on him, immediately release him and ensure his safety.
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