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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 April 2019

Jail for UAE resident who tweeted support for ISIS

The court also ordered a Dh1 million fine

A UAE resident who pledged allegiance to ISIS on Twitter will spend five years in prison and pay a Dh1 million fine, the Federal Supreme Court said on Monday.

The man, 22, who has a Comoros passport, was found guilty of joining the terrorist organisation and announcing it on Twitter.

He completed the formalities of joining the group online, and pledged to obey the commands of the organisation’s leader.

He was also found guilty of using a Twitter account to promote ISIS and Al Qaeda, despite being aware of their “terrorist goals”.

The court ordered the closure of the account for publishing false news and rumours.

The verdict and sentence is final and not subject to appeal.

The UAE has repeatedly announced its full support for the UN Security Council and international efforts to combat the terrorism of ISIS.

Updated: March 28, 2019 03:21 AM

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