UAE: Authorities move Dr Naser Bin Ghaith to unknown location
The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights said, today, that UAE authorities of Al-Razeen prison transfer Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith to an unknown place and for unknown reasons.
On 29 March 2017, human rights defender, economist and prominent academic Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith was sentenced to 10 years in prison under the Cybercrime Law and the 2014 Counter Terrorism Law for tweeting about human rights violations committed by Egyptian authorities and criticizing the politicization of the judiciary in UAE.
His conviction was also related to meetings he had during trips abroad with human rights defenders and political activists who have been labeled as members of terrorist organizations in UAE. Authorities held Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith in incommunicado detention for nine months after his arrest in August 2015.
He was refused permission to see a lawyer and was not informed of the charges against him until the second session of his trial on 2 May 2016. Authorities have kept him in solitary confinement since his transfer to the maximum security block in Al-Sadr jail on 18 May 2016.