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UAE sedition trial: the laws broken down

UAE sedition trial: The Ministry of Justice said after the verdict that the court’s transparency, fairness and independence had been upheld.

Article 174

A person is sentenced to death if they try or attempt by force to change or take over the political system

 

Article 180

A person is punished with temporary imprisonment if they form, found, organise or manage a society, committee, organisation, group or branch to these structures regardless of the name of the form, which seek or call for the overthrow of the political system in the country or take over or suspending the constitution or laws or opposing the fundamental principles of the political system of the country or preventing a government institution or a public authority from exercising its work or infringing on personal freedoms of citizens or any freedom and public rights established by the constitution and law or harming the national unity and societal peace. A person is sentenced to prison no more than 10 years if they organise societies, committees, associations and organisations as described in the first provision of this article or cooperate with them or take part in any form or provide them with financial and material help while being aware of their intentions

 

Article 182

A court rules in the situations described in Articles 180, 180 repeated, 191 and 191 repeated for the dissolution of societies, associations and organisations or their branches and closing their places and the court rules in all of the cases to confiscate money, equipment, papers and tools and others that might have been used to commit the crime or what is available in place of meeting for these societies, associations, organisations and branches The court must also rule to confiscate the money apparently owned by the convicted person if there is sufficient evidence or signs that the money is in fact a source of income designed to spend on the societies, associations, organisations or branches mentioned above

 

Article 170 Repeated

If a person commits a crime from the ones mentioned in articles 154, 155 provision (1) number (1) and provision (2), 157, 158, 167, 169 from this chapter with a group, foreign organisation and others regardless of the name or any person who works for them will be punished as prescribed for this crime

 

Article 180 Repeated

A person is imprisoned no more than 10 years if they promote verbally or through writing or any other way to the following acts and for the purposes outlined in Article 180 of this chapter. A person is punished with the same punishment if they obtain or possess personally or through an intermediary copies, prints, recordings that include promotion or elevating anything mentioned in the first provision if they were prepared for distribution and to show them to other, or any person who obtain or possess any tool of printing, recording, publicity tools used or prepared to be used even if temporarily to print or record or promote the above mentioned.

 

Article 182 Repeated (1)

A person is sentenced to imprisonment for no more than 10 years who uses religion to promote verbally or by writing or by any other way ideas that might provoke sedition or harm the national unity or societal peace

 

Article 182 Repeated (2)

A person is sentenced to imprisonment if they are aware of a crime from the crimes mentioned in chapters 1 and 2 and the court has the right to refrain from punishing the offender's relatives, in-laws to the fourth degree

 

Article 197 Repeated (2)

A person is imprisoned or fined if they use any communication or information technology tool or any other tool to spread information, news or provoke actions that can expose the country's security to danger or disturb the public order.

 

Article 198 repeated

A person is sentenced to imprisonment when they deliberately spread news, statements, rumours or propaganda that can disturb the public order and terrorise the people or harm public interests. They are punished with the same punishment if they obtain or possess personally or through an intermediary copies, prints, recordings regardless of their form that include something mentioned in the first provision if they are prepared to distribute or show them to others or any person who obtain or possess any printing, recording or publicity tools used or prepared for use even temporarily to print, record or publicise anything of mentioned above.

The punishment is temporary imprisonment if the offender is from the Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry, Security Forces or if the actions mentioned in the previous provisions inside places of worship or places of the Armed Forces, Interior Ministry or security agencies.

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