Summary of Second Trial Session in UAE 94 Case
March 11th, 2013
In addition to the 61 already in detention, 9 of the defendants who were on a list of absconders were present in court after being arrested in recent days. All 9 pleaded not guilty to the charges. Dr. Ahmed Saleh al-Hammadi, one of the 9 recently arrested, stated that he had been treated in a degrading manner and was intimidated. He claims to have been forcibly pushed inside a car when arrested and threatened with violence by security services.
Ahmed Ghaith Al-Suwaidi, the defendant who pleaded for his life when denying charges in the first session, was said to be in a miserable condition. He was sat alone, away from other detainees, in the court and his head hung down. Al-Suwaidi, along with Ahmed al-Zaabi, Ahmed al-Tabour al-Nuaimi, Salim Sahoo and Salim Musa al-Tuniji were taken to a secret court hearing for 45 minutes with only lawyers and prosecutors present. Human Rights Activists in the UAE claim that al-Suwaidi has been put under tremendous pressure to change his not guilty plea including claims that the prosecutor attempted to convince him to admit the charges. Al-Suweidi continues to deny all charges against him.
Isaa Al-Sari, who made claims of torture in the first session, appeared to be in a very poor mental state. Family members stated that he was talking to himself and shouting incoherently at the judge. This has led to fears about his treatment in detention.
Following a court order to move the defendants to a new prison in the first session, many of those held have been moved. On Friday, most of the defendants were moved to Al-Razeen jail apart from six who were moved to Al-Wathbah jail. The six include Dr. Mohamed al-Roken, Dr. Mohamed al-Mansoori, Khalifah al-Nuaimi, Salim Handoon and two others. Dr. al-Roken described how he is being held in a prison block with 144 prisoners in poor conditions. Dr. al-Roken requested to be moved to the prison where the rest of the defendants are being held.
In court, Dr. al-Roken stated that this trial has nothing to do with the security of the state and everything to with human rights.
The trial was adjourned until March 18th & 19th when the court will hear testimony from the prosecution witnesses.
All foreign media and international observers were again barred from entering court, even though all procedures had been followed as laid out by the director of the Federal Supreme Court.
Testimony from family members present at the trial.
Social media accounts of those present in the trial and human rights organisations.
Emirates Centre for Human Rights 11/03/2013
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