x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Prison term upheld for son of accused in UAE sedition case

Appeals Court upholds 10-month prison sentence for the son of one of 94 Emiratis accused of sedition who was found to have misreported the trial on Twitter.

ABU DHABI // The son of one of 94 Emiratis accused of sedition had his 10-month prison term for misreporting the trial on Twitter upheld by the Appeals Court today.

The Judicial Department said the man had dishonestly and in bad faith published articles about court proceedings and other circumstances surrounding the arrest of the 94.

In doing so he put social peace at risk and abused state institutions, particularly the judicial system.

The Misdemeanours Court convicted him of publishing information with bad intentions and in a non-secure way.

He was also accused of fighting police during a break in the sedition trial of the 94 Emiratis, but both courts found there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

The defendant was acquitted of not following the orders of court officials when they asked him to leave the courtrooms.

The Judicial Department said that he had been given the “benefit of the doubt” in these two charges.