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UAE 94 Court Verdict: Confession of Ahmed al-Suweidi

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UAE 94 Court Verdict: Confession of Ahmed al-Suweidi

25/08/2013

Confession of Ahmed al-Suweidi

(Pages 30 – 45)

 

And when questioned in the investigations of the Public Prosecution, theaccused Ahmad Gheith Al Suweidi, confessed to the accusations made against him: that he, with the collaboration of others, established and administered the organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, calling for actions opposing the basic principles of rule in the UAE and with the aim of toppling the regime and seizing power.

 

He added that the organization has a structure, with the leadership comprising of Sultan Kayed Muhammad Al Qasimi and his deputy Muhammad Ali Saleh Al Mansour Al Mansouri with the support of Rashed Emran Ali Obaid Al Shamsi, Hassan Muhammad Hassan Ahmad, himself (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi), Ali Hussein Ahmad Al Hamadi, Ali Saeed Muhammad Hassan Al Kendi, and the secretary of the organization’s board Hussein Ali Abdullah Al Naggar Al Hamadi, in addition to the Regions’ Secretariat Office for which Saleh Muhammad Saleh Al Dhafeer was responsible and the office secretary Salem Abdullah Rashed Saho.

 

The committees affiliated to the Regions’ Secretariat Office are: the instructional committee, headed by Ahmad Muhammad Abdullah Al Shaibah, the training committee, headed by Khaled Muhammad Yusuf Al Yamahi, the student activity committee, headed by Muhammad Abdullah Rashed Abdan Al Naqbi and the social work committee, headed by Ahmad Rashed Ibrahim Al Tabour Al Naimi.

 

Regions’ Administrative Offices: Abu Dhabi office, responsible for which was Musbah Darwish Gomaa Kadas Al Rumaithi and his deputy Saeed Othman Al Wahdi; Bani Yas office, responsible for which wasAli Abdullah Mahdi Saleh Al Ameri and his deputy Gamal Awad Yeslam Al Sharqi; Dubai office, responsible for which was Adnan Abdel Kareem Muhammad Galfar and his deputy Abdel Aziz Ali Saeed Hareb Al Meheri; Sharjah office, responsible for which was Shahin Abdullah Mallullah Al Hosni and his deputy Muhammad Abdel Raziq Al Sediq; Ajman office, responsible for which was Ibrahim Ismail Yaqout and his deputy Ahmad Saqr Muhammad Obaid Al Suweidi; Umm al-Quwain office, responsible for which was Tareq Hassan Abdullah Al Qattan Al Harmoudi and his deputy Rashed Khalfan Obaid Sabt Al Ali; Ras al-Khaimah office, responsible for which was Saleh Muhammad Saleh Al Dhafeer and his deputy Ali Humaid Rashed Al Naeimi; and the Eastern Region office, responsible for which was Badr Abdel Rahman Abdullah.

 

The Central Committee: comprising of the planning committee, administered by Tariq Ibrahim Abdel Rahim Al Qasim; the communities committee, administered by Abdel Rahman Ahmad Muhammad Al Hadidi Al Ali; the rights committee, administered by Ali Saeed Muhammad Hassan Al Kendi; the financial committee, administered by Salem Abdullah Rashed Saho; the charity committee, administered by Abdel Rahman Khalifa Salem bin Subeeh; theinvestment committee, administered by Ali Abdullah Fatah Al Khaga; the media committee, administered by Rashed Emran Ali Obaid Al Shamsi; the liaisons committee, administered by Muhammad Ali Saleh Al Mansouri; the education committee, administered by Eissa Maded Abdullah Al Seri Al Muheri; and thedialogue committee, administered by Sultan Kayed Muhammad Al Qasimi.

 

The General Assembly Advisory Council: headed by Khaled Muhammad Abdullah Al Shaibah, the deputy was Abdel Salam Muhammad Darwish Al Marzouqi and the secretary was Seif Muhammad Ali Al Agla. Membership included: Hamad Hassan Ali Raqit, Ahmad Gheith, Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi, Abdel Rahman Khalifa Salem bin Subeeh, Muhammad Abdel Raziq Muhammad Al Siddiq, Hadef Rashed Abdullah Al Uwais, Ali Saeed Muhammad Hassan Al Kendi, Khamis Saeed Ali Saeed Al Sum, Abdullah Nasseb Karama Al Gabri, Ahmad Awad Yaslam Salem Al Sharqi, Fouad Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Al Hamadi, Hussein Manif Al Gabri, Ali Hussein Ahmad Ali Al Hamadi, Ahmad Seif Khalaf Saleh Al Matari, Muhammad Abdullah Muhammad Al Rukn, Amina Sultan Abdullah Al Naeimi, Sultan bin Kayed, Abdel Reheem Muhammad Abdel Rahman, Eissa Khalifa Al Suweidi, Saeed Naser Saeed Naser Al Tenigi, Gomaa Saeed Gomaa bin Darwish Al Falasi, Mariam Muhammad Saleh Al Dhaferi, Khaled Muhammad Abdullah Al Shaibah Al Naeimi, Hassan Muhammad Hassan Ahmad, Musbah Darwish Gomaa Kadas Al Rumithi, Muhammad Ali Saleh Al Mansour, Shahin Abdullah Mallullah Al Hsni, Huda Khalfan bin Kamel Al Naeimi and Seif Muhammad Seif Al Atir Al Dhenhani.

 

Female Board of Trustees (Female Advisory Council) included: Amina Sultan Abdullah Al Shaibah (an official of the women’s organization and representative on the Muslim Brotherhood’s board and advisory council); Hessa Muhammad (female representative on the Muslim Brotherhood’s board); Huda Khalfan (female representative on the advisory council and Muslim Brotherhood’s board); Mariam Muhammad Saleh Al Dhafeer (female representative on the advisory council); Magda Fares Abdel Raziq Al Fares Al Shamri and Fatima Obaid.

 

The Regions’ Office: responsible for which was Hessa Muhammad and her secretary Amina Sultan Abdullah; Abu Dhabi office, administered by Fatima Hassan Al Zua’abi; Dubai office, administered by Nageeba Muhammad Hassan Al Hosni; Sharjah office, administered by Huda Khalfan; the Eastern Coast, administered by Magda Fares; Ajman office, administered by Fatima Obaid; and Ras al-Khaimah office is not opened yet.

 

Female Committees: the Instructional Committee, represented by Naeima Muhammad Yehia; the Media Committee, represented by Gamila Salem Al Tarifi; the Training Committee, represented by Hadia Muhammad Abdel Aziz; the Morality Committee is not represented; and the Education Committee, represented by Naeima Ali Hassan.

 

The Board of the Muslim Brotherhood for External Work: responsible for which was Sultan bin Kayed al Qasimi and his deputies Muhammad Ali Al Mansour and Khaled Abdullah Al Shaibah. The board was supported by three committees: the Supporting Committee, including Muhammad Jasim Darwish, Ahmad Muhammad Abdullah Al Shaibah and Ahmad Yusuf Abu Utabah; the Media Committee, including Rashed Emran Al Shamsi, Hamad Muhammad Rahma Humaid Al Shamsi, Khalifa Helal Khalifa Al Naeimi, Emran Ali Hassan Al Rudwan Al Harthi and Muhammad Hassan Mahmud Al Hosni; and the Legal Committee, including Salem Ali Sulaiman Hamdoun Al Shehi and Ali Saeed Muhammad Hassan Al Kendi. They specified the tasks and role of each section in the structure. And he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) confessed that he is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE.

 

The accused said that he is a member of the General Assembly and the Muslim Brotherhood’s board; an official of the Regions’ Secretariat Office; and the one who raised the idea of a publicity project in the organization that represents a state inside the state with this structure.

 

The aim behind structuring the organization was to achieve the plan’s objectives in each stage to usurp power in a gradual, flexible and timely manner, in addition to developing members qualified to lead the state’s institutions and hold the reins of authority. The administrative structure of the work can be expanded according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s goals in each stage.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood organization was based on secrecy and engaging in recruitment for the benefit of it. Its strategies involved financial independence, penetration into different classes of society, blind obedience, use of modern administrative means, flexibility, graduation, consideration of the current situation of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ability to achieve their main goals, organized work, a focus on organizational instruction to produce people of great loyalty to the organization and taking part in public activities.

 

The Muslim Brotherhood’s organizational name was changed to Reform Call (al-Islah) to hide public actions of the organization and encourage acceptance among the Emirati community. This was also a strategy to negate the organization’s attachment to the International Organization of Muslim Brotherhood, proving that the organization has an agenda that is not visible to the community. This agenda includes secret political work to achieve the organization’s goal, i.e. usurping power, as happened in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that one of the strategies used by the organization was to attract the youth and women for support. In addition to preparing them for the organization and in the methodology of the Muslim Brotherhood, they prepared them to be responsible for ministries and decision-making positions to be made use of in the future and placed some people in ministries to establish relationships with some important characters to affect political decisions made by the state.

 

They also launched antagonistic campaigns against the security services through the Internet, focusing on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as satellite channels that broadcast from abroad such as Al Hewar channel,Aba’ad Khaligia (Gulf Dimensions) program and Hayatuna, which is owned by the organization.

 

This is in addition to holding dialogues that defame the state, with the aim of inciting citizens against the state, in preparation for forcing the state to recognize the organization and include its members in the government and the Federal National Council. This would fulfill the organization’s goal and incite public opinion, spreading lies among the Emirates, leading to members calling for demonstrations against the state’s policy regarding issues that are against the organization.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that communications are consistent between the organization’s members in the UAE and their peers abroad, including Khaled Al Shaibah, Muhammad Al Mansouri, Sultan bin Kayed and Hamad Raqeet. Additionally, there are communications with Muslim Brotherhood organizations in some Gulf States, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, through the Gulf Coordination Office that is held every three months in one of these states except for Oman. As for Saudi Arabia, there are organizational relationships between the leaderships of the Saudi and Emirati organizations. Communications were ongoing with prominent people in Turkey, Morocco and the Muslim Brotherhood in Iran. Most of the time, communications were fruitful and necessary to strengthen the organization externally.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that because the organization aims to usurp power in various stages, inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood methodology, it managed at first to attract young groups that believe in the organization’s views.

 

After training these groups became used to defaming and belittling the state’s reputation through means both inside and outside the organization through use of the media. Some tactics included using satellite channels, the Internet, social media and protests in front of UAE embassies abroad. Some of those involved include Ahmad Al Shaibah and Muhammad Jasim Darwish for whom Ahmad Yusuf Abu Otabah Al Zua’abi was responsible. They also raised issues including violations of human rights, something totally untrue, and inciting some international lawyers to take legal actions. Others approached international human rights organizations, including Muhammad Al Mansouri and Muhammad Al Rukn.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that members of the board and General Assembly were responsible for everything, as they gave directions regarding these actions and were carried out in collaboration with regional officials in line with the structure of the organization.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the organization has vast financial resources, supported by monthly subscriptions of members (estimated at 5% for the salary of employees and 1% of trade profits for traders). Subscriptions are paid to the session’s official. These sums are collected by the financial official of the region then transferred to the organization’s financial officer through regional offices.

 

Additionally, the organization depends on funds from alms, zakat, donations from some members of the organization and benefactors from outside the organization. It also relied on investments made by the organization, for which the Committee of Investment was established and headed by Ali Abdullah Fatah Al Khaga with the support of Ahmad Al Rustmani Ali Hagar. Properties were purchased through the Siniar Real Estate Company.

 

There were also regional investments, such as in Abu Dhabi, where investments were managed by a committee headed by Ali Al Ghawas with support from Ali Abdullah Fatah Al Khaga, Adel Al Zar’ouni, Ahmad Al Hai Al Qubisi and Khalaf bin Khedia Al Rumithi. The investments of Dubai were administered by Gomaa Al Falasi and in Sharjah by Eissa Al Seri with the support of Ismail Abdullah Mallullah Al Hosni, Muhammad Abdel Raziq Al Siddiq and Abdel Rahman Al Hadidi.

 

The annual funds of the organization were estimated at AED 4,500,000.00, excluding value of properties. 50% of membership subscriptions and 70% of donations and zakat were transferred to the Central Financial Committee headed by Salem Saho. The remaining funds were kept in regional offices. Regional offices were obliged to transfer 10% of the profits from investments and 10% of the profits from the central investment committee to the central financial official of the organization.

 

These funds were spent on projects and activities to fulfill the organization’s plan, establishing institutions and transferring funds and donations to external organizations. The organization supported the International Organization of Muslim Brotherhood with AED 150,000.00 annually, in exchange for support from the states in which the organization works and to learn from the experiences of similar organizations.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) admitted that he used to pay a monthly subscription, as a member of the organization, to the official of the Abu Dhabi office Musbah bin Kadas Al Rumaithi.

 

Members of the General Assembly used to meet every 3 months. When necessary, they would hold exceptional meetings.

 

These meetings used to be held in the members’ houses, the most important among which was the house of Hadef Rashid Al Owais in Sharjah; Muhammad Abdullah Al Rukn, in Dubai; Abdel Aziz Hareb Al Muhairi, in Dubai; and Tariq Al Harmoudi, in Umm al-Quwain. These meetings were secret: attended by members to approve plans, programs and activities for the next years; to endorse new directions and discuss issues of concern.

 

Previously, they met at societies of public interest all over the state, which they used as a place for launching the organization’s activities and establishing relationships. This ended when the organization was expelled from these societies when state security became aware of their objectives and intentions.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) admitted that the most important meeting he attended was at the house of Tariq Al Harmoudi in Umm al-Quwain at the end of 2011. Discussions focused on how to make use of the organization to accelerate the achievement of their goals in the UAE in light of the Arab Spring.

 

In this meeting, Muhammad Al Mansouri set out a clear vision: a demand for an elected national council, pressuring the state internally and externally, defaming the UAE’s image to force recognition of the organization and to allow their work to take place publicly in the UAE.

 

This meeting, in addition to Muhammad Al Mansouri, was attended by Sultan bin Kayed, Ali Al Hammadi, Saleh Al Dhafeer, Tariq Al Harmoudi, Shahin Al Hosni, Ali Al Kendi, Muhammad Abdel Raziq, Musbah Al Rumaithi, Abdel Aziz Hareb, Salem Musa, Khaled Al Shal, Abdel Wahed Al Badi, Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi, Khaled Fadl Al Suweidi and Khalil Othman Saqr.

 

The aim of this meeting was met by submitting a petition to the President of the UAE in addition to defaming the state’s image both domestically and internationally. This was done by the use of mass media and international organizations, in which they claimed that the UAE is oppressing the organization’s members by forced retirement from employment and targeting them for involvement with the organization.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that he was participant in a meeting called “Benefitting from the Arab Spring”, which was held at the house of Abdel Aziz Hareb in Dubai and attended by Muhammad Al Mansouri, Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi, Salem Musa Al Helian, Khaled Al Shal, Khaled Fadl Al Suweidi, Ali Al Kendi, Abdel Wahed Al Badi, Ali Al Mazudi and Khalil Saqr.

 

Discussions focused on issuing a statement for publication, following the statement of the Muslim Brotherhood in Oman regarding events in Egypt. They agreed on the role of Media Committee, launching a campaign called “Justice and Dignity”. This campaign would have specific stages to achieve its goal: these were to include projects, media messages and public demonstrations. Additionally “Al Tawaguh Al Watani (National Trend)” would be established as a project to raise a number of concerns to influence public opinion and set out certain demands including an elected national council, freedom of expression, justice and equality between citizens and equal wages for all.

 

The meeting stressed national dialogue and was to be represented by Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi and Abdullah Al Shamsi. The meeting also discussed using Al Jazeera to raise the issue of citizens demanding an elected council. Khalil Saqr said that they would have to seek demonstrations across the UAE, as the stage following Facebook and Twitter campaigns must be public demonstrations.

 

They agreed to establish an electronic team, under the leadership of Salem Musa Al Helian. They said that the Gulf Dimensions program on Al Hiwar channel must used to promote their issues. They discussed membership of the electronic team, which was to include Abdullah Al Qaidi, Rashed Al Rukn and Mansour Al Ahmadi, who were active members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE. They make various contributions online, particularly through social media. So, they are useful to the organization when launching defamatory campaigns against the state designed to mar its image.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that this meeting at the house of Abdel Aziz Harb was administered by Muhammad Al Mansouri, as the officer of the Dignity and Justice Committee, aiming to implement his vision. The idea was to raise issues of concern in society, relating to dignity and justice, to defame the state and achieve the organization’s demands.

When asked about the role of Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi, Juma Al Falasi and Ali Al Hammadi in the organization: he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that Muhammad Saqr’s role was to initiate the national trend campaign and press for elections. Juma Al Falasi and Ali Al Hammadi were charged with writing articles.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) admitted that he attended a meeting held at the house of Fahd Al Hajiri in Dubai, with Muhammad Al Mansouri, Khaled Fadl, Abdel Wahed Al Badi, Khalil Saqr, Ali Al Kendi and Salem Al Helian – all members of the Justice and Dignity committee that was established at the end of 2011.

 

The aim of the meeting at Fahd Al Hajiri’s house in Dubai was to initiate the website calling for reform and the role of the Electronic Committee while discussing how to maximize the role of the Hayatuna television channel in serving the campaign’s objectives.

 

Other issues to be addressed included Muhammed Al Mansouri’s meeting with the Deputy U.S. Consul, preparations for the next Federal National Council elections and discussing Ala’a Al Sadeq’s request to write a paper on the general issues of unemployment and demographic concerns.

 

A delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood of Bahrain attended the meeting.

 

Those present agreed that the Arab Peninsula Shield’s intervention in Bahrain is a gross breach insomuch that it raises the possibility of intervening in other GCC countries if disturbances and demands of the Islamists rise. Meeting participants addressed integration with Saudi Arabia: Muhammad Al Mansouri called on the Bahraini Muslim Brotherhood to be strong against the Bahraini government and use the current disturbances to take the reins of authority. He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that Muhammad Al Mansouri meant that the ends justify the means and intended to use illegal means if necessary to attain the main goal: usurpation of power.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the scenario of assuming power in UAE will involve controlling key areas of authority by the Muslim Brotherhood: penetrating state bodies; defaming the UAE government overseas; initiating demonstrations inside the country; and benefiting from the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood in other countries in order to maximize the effect of the Arab Spring on the UAE.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the organisation’s fear of the Arab Peninsula Shield’s intervention in Bahrain was due to its intention to exploit flaws in the state and influence public opinion, which could result in disturbances, leading to a possible intervention by the Arab Peninsula Shield in the UAE. As the only organized entity in the UAE the organization is ready and willing to take a chance to exploit any disturbances. Yet, a potential intervention by the Arab Peninsula Shield would make it difficult for the organization to benefit from disturbances.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that Muhammad Ali Al Mansouri uses the organization to establish influential relationships in order to put pressure on the UAE government to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization existing within the state. Additionally, his (Muhammad Ali Al Mansouri’s) communications with the Deputy U.S. Consul in Dubai contributed to the Americans’ recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood as the Consul asked for details of the Muslim Brotherhood’s organization and work. Consequently, the U.S. Consul can exercise pressure on the UAE government to recognize the organization (Muslim Brotherhood).

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that he heard Saleh Al Dhafeeri speak strongly in a meeting that whatever happens to them as members of the Muslim Brotherhood as carried out by the governing authority in the UAE is nothing but an introduction to taking the reins of power. They are, according to Al Dhafeeri, the real heirs to ruling the UAE. This is a clear expression of the organisation’s thinking and exposes their main goal of imitating other Muslim Brotherhood organisations’ actions in exploiting the Arab Spring, as in Egypt and Tunisia.

 

When asked about Eissa Khalifa Al Suweidi he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that he (Eissa) is a member of the Advisory Council and a trustee of the Abu Dhabi office. This is in addition to his philanthropic activities and the financing of the Supporting Committee through the funds he received from the man he worked for in Qatar. He (Eissa) hired Hassan Al Gabri to do work that benefitted the Muslim Brotherhood organization in Qatar and worked for the UAE Muslim Brotherhood to use Al Jazeera channel to attack targets identified by the organization.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that Hassan Al Gabri was an official for philanthropic activities in Abu Dhabi and worked for the UAE Muslim Brotherhood through his employment with the Abu Dhabi Charity Authority.

 

When asked about his presence at a meeting on Al Khitam farm on 19/03/2012 with Hassan Manif Al Gabri, Musbah Kadas Al Rumaithi, Muhammad Saeed Al Abdouli, Muhammad Mahdi Al Amri, Muhammad Salem Al Anzi, Ahmad Muhammad Kanid Al Muheri, Hassan Ahmad Al Zua’abi, Ali Hassan Al Hamadi, Saeed Naser Al Wahdi, Ali Abduulah Fatah Al Khaga, Atiq Ghareeb Al Rumaithi, Salem Rashed, Ibrahim Hassan Al Marzouqi, Muhammad Al Hammadi, Saleh Gomaa, Ahmad Muhammad Haggi and Omar Qasim, he admitted attending the meeting, which was a trip for supervisors in the Abu Dhabi region of the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) also said that the farm is owned by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Abu Dhabi office, which was paid for from the organization’s funds and registered in the name of Ahmad Muhammad Kanid Al Muhairi as the organization cannot register it in its name. The farm was bought to be a base for establishing the organisation’s activities.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) admitted attending a meeting on 09/03/2013 with Muhammad Jasim Al Naeimi, Muhammad Saqr Al Zua’abi, Khaled Yusuf Al Yamahi, Khalifa Dawoud, Rabie Al Salami, Saeed bin Taher and Abdullah Al Hadidi.

 

The subject matter for this meeting was the possibility of détente with the governing authority and whether the organization was ready for it. For example, they considered what their response would be if they are asked to assume ministers positions. Another date was set for consideration of accepting a détente with the government but this meeting was cancelled.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that Saleh Al Dhafeeri and Khaled Al Shaibah, when interviewed on Al Jazeera, talked about the denationalized people and attacked the UAE state. He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) also said that he sent Muhammad Jasim to London and sent 27,000 AED from the organisation’s funds with him for travel costs. The trip, on which Muhammad Saqr went as well, was to gather information on educational companies and universities in London. Muhammad Jasim was also to go to Kuwait and meet with Tareq Suweidan to submit a project for the organisation’s strategy during the next period.

 

When asked about his (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi’s) meeting with Muhammad Jasim at the Festival Centre, and his trip to Saudi Arabia, he said that the ‘excellent person’ discussed was Anas Osama Al Tikriti of the Cordoba Foundation. This meeting set out a plan to pressurize the government in realizing the organisation’s goals in relation to the denationalized people and the conflict with the ruling authority.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that he attended a meeting on 22/02/2012 in Dubai with Ahmad Abu Utabah and Rashed Emran Al Shamsi at Muhammad Jasim’s father’s house. The aim of this meeting was to coordinate between the Supporting Committee, represented in this meeting by Ahmad Abu Utaba, and the Media Committee, represented by Rashed Emran Al Shamsi. Both committees were used by the organization to influence public opinion and attack the security services.

 

It was agreed for information to be transferred between the two committees by creating a secret email, which was the responsibility of Rashed Emran Al Shamsi as an official of the Media Committee. Through those two committees the issue of the denationalized persons was raised through various means, including a blog explaining in Arabic the case of the seven denationalized persons. The blog was later translated into English to address other communities within the state as well as in the West.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the reason for their interest in publicizing the case of the seven denationalized people was to use it in defaming the state and contributing to the achievement of the organisation’s goals. The organization has a Twitter account called ‘Intihakat (Violations)’, created by the Media Committee and headed by Rashed Emran Al Shamsi. It monitored what they view as violations against the organization by the governing authority to incite public opinion against the state.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that political activities carried out by the organization include submitting a petition to the President of the state, signed by some members of the organization along with others, demanding participation in the Federal National Council. Additionally, members, mostly through Muhammad Al Roken and Muhammad Al Mansouri, communicated with international organisations including Human Rights Watch. They also sought to control the associations of teachers and lawyers in the UAE. Members of the organization also communicated with embassies of other countries. The aim of communicating with human rights organisations and parliamentarians overseas was to place pressure on the UAE government to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE. The organisation’s desperate political fight was an attempt to achieve their goal of seizing power in the UAE.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the Hayatuna channel is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE. It was established using the organization’s funds to be a tool to pressurize the government and promote the organization’s role in the community. The Muslim Brotherhood also made use of Al Hiwar satellite channel to ‘polish’ the organisation’s ideology and defame the state by using the conflict between the government and the organization. They used Al Hiwar to exploit ordinary incidents that happen in every country as part of a media strategy to defame the state.

 

The organization spent one million dollars on the program Gulf Dimensions, presented by Khalil Saqr, with the participation of Sultan bin Kayed, Hamad Raqit, Ibrahim Al Yasi, Muhammad Al Mansouri, Muhammad Al Roken, Eissa Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Ahmad Abu Utabah Al Zua’abi, Ahmad Saleh Al Hamadi and Saleh Al Dhafeer.

 

Emirates Media and Studies Center in London (EMASC) is affiliated to the organization and was supervised by Muhammad Al Mansouri. It covered political, economic and social aspects of GCC, in general, and the UAE, in particular. It focused on issues of freedom in these countries, especially the UAE. EMASC highlighted every issue that reflected badly on the UAE to further the goals of the organization.

 

The First Center for Media Studies in Dubai was established and run by the organization. This was set up to implement their activities inside the state. The organization made use of the centre, both in the media and on political levels, to communicate with officials and the elite, in addition to undertaking studies and seminars.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the Openness Project was a project adopted by the organization to communicate with the community and spread the organisation’s ideas among the state’s institutions. He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi), along with Tariq Sulaiman Al Khangi, Hussein Al Gabri, Hussein Al Naggar and Ahmad Abu Utabah Al Zua’abi, were responsible for this idea. The aim of the project was to introduce the organisation’s views to the community with a view to the views being accepted by the public. Next, the aim was to join the Federal National Council before seizing complete power from the government.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that his confession during the investigation of the Public Prosecution was voluntary, admitting his guilt and pledging not to communicate with the organization and, from now on, to oppose it everywhere for the preservation of his country and wise government. Only his confession alleviated his feeling of guilty, he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said.

 

With regard to the circumstances of his arrest, he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that he was accompanied by Ahmad Abu Utabah Al Zua’abi in his car when he ws arrested. They were returning from Ajman after attending a regional meeting of the organization. The meeting was for the organization’s board, in which they discussed issues relating to the organization and its work.

 

This meeting was held at the house of Dr. Ali Al Hamadi in Ajman and was attended by Sultan bin Kayed, Muhammad Abdel Raziq Al Siddiq, Saleh Al Dhafeer, Muhammad Al Mansouri and other members of the board. They discussed the problem of Saleh Al Dhafeeri and Muhammad Abdel Raziq in addition to other important matters on the committees set up following the Arab Spring.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that he was arrested by the security services in Seih Shua’ib and taken to Al Rahba police station. When asked about the papers found in the car he said that the papers were his. He hid them under the car’s chair as they were notes made in the meeting they had just left. The word ‘crisis’, mentioned in the papers, meant the crisis between the organization and the ruling authority. It was also a reference to the cases of Rashed Ali and Abdel Raziq, who they were defending against the security services on Twitter and other social media websites. Rashid Emran Al Shamsi led the campaign called ‘Pledging Patriotism’ as the head of the Media Committee.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the aim behind the state’s recognition of the organization was to continue work in UAE and achieve the organization’s goal: to seize power in a gradual manner.

 

When told about the storage memory, the Sony USB that was found in Ahmad Abu Utabah’s car when he was arrested he said that it is not his, rather it was Abu Utabah’s. When asked about the content, including the document ‘Executive Plan of the UAE Project’, dated 01/02/ 2012 – 31/ 03/ 2012, he said that this plan was developed by the Supporting Committee, headed by Ahmad Yusuf Abu Utabah Al Zua’abi, with the support of Muhammad Jasim Darwish and Ahmad Shaibah Al Naeimi. When asked about the activities of this plan, he said that the plan was being implemented as part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s vision for the UAE.

 

He (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) added that the Supporting Committee, mentioned in the document ‘Supporting Project’, was established after the Arab Spring. The committee was to be an external political, media and human rights support for the organization.

 

When asked about the document extracted from Ahmad Abu Utabah’s USB called ‘Express News Britain – UAE – Embassy – Protests – Confidential’ and dated 08/02/2012, which contained information about the demonstrations outside the UAE Embassy in London, he said that what happened and what he heard from the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE and through the Supporting Committee was that banners were put outside the London UAE Embassy and brochures distributed to passers by informing them about the denationalized persons.

 

With respect to the news ‘Emirati and Arab students organized…’ he (Ahmed Gheith Al Suweidi) said that there were no Emirati students at these demonstrations but that some people were hired by the Supporting Committee.

 

When asked about the document ‘Paragraphs of the report of the Organization of Al Karama for Human Rights’ he said that this organization is a human rights organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, for which Abdel Rahman Al Naeimi, a Qatari national, was responsible. The organization used to communicate with Al Karama to write reports to be used against the state.

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