Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Emirati Activists Arrested

WAM Abu Dhabi, 25 April 2011 (WAM) -- UAE Attorney General Salim Saeed Kubaish has stated that a group of UAE citizens were arrested on order of the public prosecution and questioned in the presence of their lawyers.
He said that Ahmed Mansour Ali Abdullah Al Abd Al Shehi, Nasser Ahmed Khalfan bin Gaith, Fahad Salim Mohammed Salim Dalk, Hassan Ali Al Khamis, all Emiratis, and Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, who does not carry identification papers, were held in preventive custody for investigation for being found committing crimes of instigation, breaking laws and perpetrating acts that pose threat 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.

WAM is the national news service of the UAE and the above file yesterday confirms what the rumour mill has been talking about for days. One of the men's wife told newspaper 7Days she hadn't seen him since he was arrested on the 8th April but had talked to him on the phone and 'He is OK'. As I know absolutely nothing of the details of this case, there's little I can add of value, except that it will be interesting to see what crimes the men are substantively accused of beyond speech - the freedom of which is enshrined in Article 30 of the UAE's constitution, albeit with the caveat 'within the limits of the law'.

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