Seventh Trial Session Summary: UAE 94
The seventh trial session in the case of the UAE 94 took place on April 30thbetween 10:30 and 14:30.
Dr. Mohamed al-Roken, one of the defendants and a renowned human rights lawyer, stated that the State Security Procescution are forging and manipulating the investigations. He claimed to have listed forty-eight such violations in the case document since he received it recently.
This trial session saw the results of the voice match recordings played at the sixth session, where defendants contested recordings said to feature their voices. In should be noted that the recordings have not been provided to defence lawyers, even though requests have been made. The results stated that the voices matched. The prosecution took voice samples from some of the defendants and matched it to the recording played at the previous session.
Dr. Mohamed al-Mansoori, another respected human rights lawyer, told the court that he did the voice matching test fifty-five times without it matching. Dr. al-Mansoori stated that when he left the testing centre a representative of the prosecution received a phone call and told to do another test that resulted in a different outcome.
Defence lawyers requested that it be put in the record that the defence refuse to accept the using of the Dubai Criminal Laboratory for these tests, as they believe it to be under the control of Dhahi Khalfan, the outspoken and controversial Chief of Dubai Police. Mr. Khalfan is known for public attacks and smears against the defendants throughout the investigations.
Indeed, not only Dr. al-Mansoori complained that the tests were inaccurate and used to forge a false outcome. The defendants who were subjected to testing, some who were not requested by the court to do so, all deny featuring in the recordings played to the court and state that the positive results of the voice matching must be incorrect. There is one more voice analysis report that is due to be presented to the court, which will be done at a future session.
Three defence witnesses attended the session and provided testimony. They all acknowledged the positive role of al-Islah in Emirati society and said it was inconceivable for any of their members to attempt to overthrow the government. The defence lawyer provided sixty names to be called as defence witnesses but the judge only permitted three. Only three witnesses will be allowed to be called per defence lawyer. These will continue to be heard at the next trial session.
Defendant Ali Saeed al-Kindi, a state prosecutor in the UAE, refused to give his voice sample, stating that he had been mistreated by police who he claim twisted his arm and caused pain to his shoulder. Other defendants alleged further violations of their rights, even in light of the court ordering for these to cease.
A defence lawyer provided the court with a memorandum that states they believe the prosecution investigation to have been an elaborate forgery and should be investigated.
The next trial sessions are due to take place on May 6th and 7th where more defence witness names will be provided, the remaining voice analysis report will be presented and the prosecution will provide its conclusions.
The court ruled to continue bail for the female defendants but to continue the detention of the remaining male defendants.
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