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Filed on June 21, 2016 | Last updated on June 21, 2016 at 06.20 am
The State Security's prosecution charged the men with funding and sending communication devices to both the Al Nusra Front and Ahrar Al Sham terror groups in Syria.
The Federal Supreme Court has jailed two Syrian nationals who formed a clandestine cell affiliated to Al Nusra Front of Syria, in the UAE. Omar Ahmed Ibrahim Al Dabagh and Mustafa AbdelEllah Al Jory were sentenced to three years, while the third defendant Osama Hussain Dagheem, who is on the run, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in absentia.
The State Security's prosecution charged the men with funding and sending communication devices to both the Al Nusra Front and Ahrar Al Sham terror groups in Syria. The suspects were also arraigned for transferring funds to Syria from the UAE via Jordan, to support the ter-ror outfits. A fourth suspect, Sudanese national Awad Ali Al Sayed, was exonerated of all the charges against him, which included running a Fa-cebook account to promote terror ideologies and justify terror acts, particularly the Daesh group's, by posting comments and phrases. He also published photos and logos of Daesh with the same intent.
Terror leanings uncovered
In another case, the court ordered Emirati suspect Abdullah Yousof Juma to be remanded to a counsel-ling centre. He was also banned from leaving the country for six months. The prosecution accused Juma of holding dangerous terroristic notions, and indicted for promoting the ideologies of terror outfits and groups. Testimonies were also made by three witnesses in the case of N.B.Gh, accused of creating and running a private Twitter account blaming the UAE's policies, criticising its security apparatuses, and posting offensive tweets about the president of another, friendly country.
The witnesses revealed a con-nection between N.B.Gh and another Emirati suspect, Emirati national Hassan Ahmed Al Duqi, who is the founder of the Al Ummah Emirati party, labelled by the UAE as one with terror leanings. The suspect is stated as having posted offensive tweets against the UAE and its leaders, particularly for giving the go-ahead to open a Hindu temple in Abu Dhbai.
Psychiatric state brought up
In another case, Emirati citizen A.S.A - accused of posting a 14-second long video clip offend-ing the UAE's Federal National Council and the integrity of its members and elections - was supported by a consultant psychia-trist at Khalifa Medical City, who testified on the suspect's mental and psychiatric state. The doctor told the court that the suspect is not responsible for his acts given his lack of education and a mental disorder that affected his comprehension and caused a lack of understanding of the conse-quences or results of his acts.