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The United Arab Emirates: Authorities extend detention of five prisoners of conscience

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ICJHR) revealed that the Federal Supreme Court in the UAE renewed the arbitrary detention of Osama Al-Najjar, Abdullah Al-Heloo, Faisal Al-Shehi, Badr Al-Bahari and Ahmed Al-Mulla for another six months despite the expiry of their sentence.

In fact, all of these activists, who were put in counseling Centers, have already finished their sentence between March 2014 and May 2017 and supposed to be released; however, the Public Prosecution submitted a request to the court in order to place them in counseling Centers claiming that they represent a "terrorist threat" according to Article 40 of the Federal Law No. 7 of 2014 on combating terrorist crimes.

All of these activists are put in Al-Munasaha centers at Al Razeen prison where they learn preaching and jurisprudence lessons. Indeed, we have learned that counseling sessions for Osama al-Najjar, Abdullah al-Heloo, Faisal al-Shehi, Badr al-Bahari and Ahmad al-Mulla have been completed since a while and there’s no need to further detain them.

This is likely to be a form of arbitrary detention in the absence of any charge against the detainees to further harass the political opponents in addition to the control of the UAE judiciary by the Executive Authority and the subordination of judges to the executive power in their naming, promotion, transfer and termination.

Find more information here :http://ic4jhr.com/en/2014-11-30-18-36-45/media/841-uae-authorities-exten...

 

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