Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 29 September 2020

Emirati Ahmed Mansoor fails to overturn 10-year jail term for insulting UAE and its leaders

State Security Court rejects appeal after at least five previous procedural hearings

The Federal Supreme Court building in Abu Dhabi. Rich-Joseph Facun / The National
The Federal Supreme Court building in Abu Dhabi. Rich-Joseph Facun / The National

An Emirati man sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting the UAE and its leaders received a final judgment by the country’s highest appeal court.

Ahmed Mansoor Al Shehhi failed to overturn the conviction first handed down by the Federal Appeals Court in May last year.

The Emirati, 49, had his appeal rejected by the State Security Court yesterday after at least five previous procedural hearings.

He will serve 10 years in prison and must pay a Dh1 million fine. He will also remain under surveillance for three years after his release.

Mansoor was found guilty of committing cyber crimes and publishing false articles that defamed the UAE and its foreign policy, the court ruled.

He was also convicted of spreading sedition, chaos, sectarianism and hate through Facebook and Twitter. He was acquitted, however, of a charge that he financed terrorists.

The conviction is not subject to any further appeal.

Mansoor was first detained in March 2017. He was previously accused in a high-profile State Security Court case that became known as the “UAE Five” in 2011.

He and four others – Nasser bin Ghaith, Fahad Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali Al Khamis and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq – were accused and convicted of insulting the country and its leaders.

He was sentenced to three years in prison at the time but a presidential amnesty for him and the other four followed soon after.

Between his release and subsequent arrest in 2017, Mansoor actively criticised the UAE and neighbouring countries.

Updated: December 31, 2018 07:43 PM

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