UAE : After Waiting more than a year, Jordanian journalist sentenced to 3 years imprisonment
The UAE Federal Supreme Court sentenced,today,Jordanian journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar to 3years in jail and imposed a fine of Dh 500,000 on him for charges of “damaging the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”, in connection with a comment he posted on Facebook.
Tayseer al Najjar was arrested by the State Security Apparatus on December 13, 2015, when he was about to travel to Jordan for vacation. He was then forcibly disappeared for a three months’ period, during which his whereabouts remained unknown. In addition, he was deprived of access to a lawyer and family visits.
He has been detained in the Al Wathba prison, where he was exposed to several human rights violations in clear breach of the Emirati Constitution.
Many rights groups called Najjar’s detention and potential prosecution for the exercise of free speech a violation of fundamental human rights.