Federal Supreme Court hears witnesses in cases of secret organisation, communicating with a foreign state

ABU DHABI: The State Security Division of the Federal Supreme Court on Monday heard witnesses in two cases, one of communicating with a foreign state and the other related to the secret organisation. Two Emirati defendants are involved in the cases.

The State Security Division, chaired by Judge Falah Shaya Al Hajeri, decided to hold its next session on 12 January 2105 to hear defence witnesses in the case of communicating with a foreign state, at the request of the defendants’ defence team, and to hear the pleadings of both the Public Prosecution and the defence team in the case of the secret organisation.

The two defendants appeared in court today with some of their family members, representatives of media organisations and members of UAE civil society organisations.

On 16 December, the Public Prosecution charged defendant M.A.A with belonging to the secret organisation that has been declared illegal in the UAE and that was disbanded by virtue of the State Security Criminal Court’s ruling in case No. 79/2012, for calling for opposition to the principles of the UAE ruling system with the aim of taking power. The defendant has been charged with being a member, despite being aware of the purposes of the organisation.

The defendant undertook the duties with which he was tasked, became a member of the organisation’s charity committee at its Dubai office, revised the committee’s reports, transferred funds between the members of the organisation and collected donations, alms and Zakat money to support the organisation.

On the same day, the Public Prosecution charged defendant A.R.A with communicating with a foreign state and providing the foreign state with information on his workplace that would damage the national interests of the UAE.