Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 22 August 2019

Former lecturer undermined UAE government, Federal Supreme Court hears

The Emirati, 47, and another defendant, also Emirati, who is being tried in absentia, worked with the Ummah political party, which is banned in the UAE as a terrorist organisation.

ABU DHABI // A former lecturer collaborated with banned political parties to undermine the government of the UAE, the Federal Supreme Court was told.

The Emirati, 47, and another defendant, also Emirati, who is being tried in absentia, worked with the Ummah political party, which is banned in the UAE as a terrorist organisation.

Prosecutors showed transcripts of several emails between the two defendants discussing the group’s logistics.

Other charges against the lecturer include engaging in hostility against Egypt by posting tweets and images ridiculing the Egyptian president and government and inciting hatred through acts that would undermine public order by posting an image of an Emirati praying in a Hindu temple, with remarks ridiculing the UAE’s decision to allot land to build a Hindu temple. He pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court.

The other defendant is charged with organising protests outside UAE embassies and diplomatic missions abroad.

The case was adjourned to November 7.

nalremeithi@thenational.ae

Updated: October 17, 2016 04:00 AM

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