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Dubai - Reem ghost's husband jailed for life in UAE
Mustafa Al Zarooni/Abu Dhabi
Filed on May 10, 2016 | Last updated on May 10, 2016 at 06.43 am
Court also hears case of Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood involving 19 defendants
The State Security Circuit of the Supreme Federal Court on Tuesday sentenced Mohammed Abdul Qadir Salem Al Hibshi Al Hashimi, known as the 'Daesh prince in UAE' to life in prison for the charges pressed against him and committing crimes in conflict with the laws.
Presiding judge of the court, Falah Al Hajiri found the defendant guilty and ordered the confiscation of all the seized equipment and tools used in the crimes as well as shutting down all the online forums and portal websites he was possessing and running, and which were used in promoting the nefarious terror group Daesh.
Al Hashimi is the husband of the Emirati woman known as the 'Reem Island Ghost', who was executed for the murder of an American school teacher. The murder of schoolteacher Ibolya Ryan, 47, had left a trail of blood in the public restroom at a mall in Abu Dhabi's upscale Reem Island.
The court also heard a number of cases, paramount of which is the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood Group, UAE branch, in which 19 defendants are involved, of whom five are Emiratis and 14 Yemeni nationals.
After listening to the pleading of four defence lawyers of the defendants, the judge adjourned the hearing to May 16,to complete listening to the pleadings.
In the first case, the state security prosecutors charged the 'Daesh prince' with planning to carry out terror acts, blow up vital civilian and military facilities and places as well as attack on a tourist-packed bus in Abu Dhabi.
Other charges include possessing chemical substances and forbidden and banned instruments and equipment used for making explosives and arms.
The State Security Public prosecutors also accused him of setting up and administering websites on social networks (Twitter and Facebook) to publicise thoughts and ideologies of Daesh and the other notorious terror group of Al Qaeda. The arraignment sheet also included charges of abusing the reputation of the UAE's leadership and officials and inviting others to join the terror organisations.
'Arrest without official warrants'
In the second case of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood Group, UAE branch, the court listened to the pleadings of five defence attorneys comprising 10 lawyers.
The defence lawyers demanded the acquittal of their clients from all the charges pressed against them. In their defence, they regarded the procedures of arrest, inspection and investigations as null and invalidated.
"The inspection and arrest measures were made without official warrants from the public prosecution due to not established and clear evidences and proofs against our clients," the defence lawyers held.
They added that all actions were made according to non serious investigations and statements depending on suspicion and not certainty and established evidence substantiated with clue.
"All investigation papers were void of any tangible evidence that condemn our clients, nor were there evidence that proved that they had established international, regional or local organisation of purportedly suspicious or terrorist organisation," they claimed noting that there is no material and tangible evidence that their clients had run any terror group or communication with any terror group, be they images, video footages and the like," the lawyers said.
"No evidence in the investigation files evidently showed any of the defendants had transferred funds to any entity outside the UAE and any terrorist groups," they said. Concluding their pleadings, the five defense lawyers said: "The confessions were taken forcibly from their clients due to the appalling conditions of their arrest and they were imprisoned in solitary confinement cells in inhumane conditions, which added a burden on them. Therefore they confessed under duress," the lawyers said. After listening to the pleadings of the defence attorneys, the judge ordered putting off the hearing to May 16 to complete listening to the rest of the defence pleadings.
No control over behaviour
In a third case, the court heard the pleadings of the two defence lawyers, Ali Al Abbadi and Saliha Khalifa, who defended the accused A.S.A, who is being charged by the state security prosecution with offending the Federal National Council and the FNC members by posting an offensive video clip on YouTube.
The two lawyers pleaded that the charge brought against their client is void on the grounds that he is a victim of acts done by others.
Al Abbadi told court: "My client does not understand, know or grasp the acts he does, and based on the medical report issued by the Khalifa Hospital on my client's psychiatric and mental state, the accused is not able to exercise control over his behaviours since he does not understand or is aware of what he says, rather he gets influenced by those around him and does whatever he is asked to do without being cognisant of the perils of his acts."
Al Abbadi added that his client does not know how to use or deal with sophisticated technology, and does not know photography or how to post a video clip on YouTube.
Lawyer Saliha Khalifa said: "The medical report showed no responsibility on the part of her client for the acts he committed as he lacks the sense of perception."
She said the investigations referred to the fact that the video clip that was shot was made by other people, who urged her client to utter words and phrases that offend the FNC and its members.
The attorneys demanded the acquittal of their client. The court reserved the case to May 30 to pronounce a ruling.
'Influenced by compassion'
In a fourth case, the court listened to the pleadings of attorney Abdulqadir Al Haithami, who defends the accused A.M, who is being charged by the prosecution with committing acts that could be as dangerous as terrorism.
The lawyer demanded the acquittal of his client since "he did not commit any terrorist act and has not communicated with any terrorist organisation or group in Syria, yet he got impressed with the TV news, photos, and news reports he had watched in some satellite channels showing destruction, displacement of people and killing of civilians in Syria. So, he decided to head to Turkey and Syria, but he returned to the UAE a day later and joined his work."
"My client is not wanted for any case, but he is a victim of the destruction scenes and mass killing and displacement of thousands of civilians in Syria, so showed his compassion with them only," the attorney told court.
"Because of that, I demand the acquittal of my client," the lawyer asked the court. The court ordered the case be reserved to May 30 to pronounce judgment. The court has also postponed three other state security related cases to May 23 and 30 where three are involved.