Print Edition - 2018-06-01  |  World News Digest

Prominent UAE activist jailed

DUBAI

Jun 1, 2018-

An Emirati court has sentenced an award-winning human rights activist to 10 years in prison for insulting the “status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols”, pro-government media reported on Thursday. The Abu Dhabi court also imposed a fine of one million dirhams ($275,000 or 235,000 euros) and ordered Ahmed Mansoor be placed under surveillance for three years after his release, The National and Gulf News reported. The 48-year-old was convicted of attempting to harm his country’s relations with its neighbours by spreading misinformation on social media, The National said. Foreign journalists are not allowed to attend such trials in the United Arab Emirates, whose ruling families rarely tolerate opposition. Mansoor was cleared of conspiring with a “terrorist organisation”. His lawyer Tariq al-Shamsi had told an earlier hearing that Mansoor should be cleared of all charges.(Agencies)

Published: 01-06-2018 08:55

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