x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Trial for jailed activist postponed

Prosecutors are granted a delay as they continued their investigation into alleged state security crimes.

ABU DHABI // The first day of trial for AA, an Emirati activist arrested in April on charges involving criticising the Government, was postponed as prosecutors were granted a one-week delay.

It was the second time prosecutors received such an extension.

AA was due to appear in the State Security Court yesterday, but prosecutors asked to extend his stay in prison for at least a month for further questioning. The judge said he would give them one week.

AA was one of five activists arrested last April on charges of committing crimes of instigation, breaking laws and perpetrating acts that pose threats to state security, undermining the public order, opposing the government system, and insulting the President, the Vice President and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

The other detained activists are NB, HA, AK and FA.

If prosecutors do not conclude their interrogation within a week, they will have to apply for another extension.

The next hearing was set for Tuesday.

hdajani@thenational.ae