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Supreme court adjourns 11 terror-related hearings

Abu Dhabi: A man, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation for espionage and aiding Iran’s nuclear programme, had his hearing adjourned to October 2, when the Federal Supreme Court will give a final ruling.

The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court had sentenced a 46-year-old Iranian, identified as S.M.A.Z, to 10 years in jail, followed by deportation. He was found guilty of violating international sanctions against Iran when he attempted to smuggle a large power generator and other devices which could be used in the Iranian nuclear programme. Then, he tried to export it to Iran through Myanmar, using fake official documents, the prosecution had said.

S.M.A.Z, the general manager of an oil and gas company in Dubai, was convicted of trying to smuggle the generator using fake documents through Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.

The state security prosecution accused him of violating international sanctions against Iran.

In another case on Monday, the court heard the appeal presented by two citizens of a Gulf country, A. H. M, and A.A.H, against their three-year prison term and Dh500,000 fine each after they had been convicted of posting a video clip fomenting sectarian hatred.

The court adjourned the hearing to October 2 for sentencing.

The defendants sought mercy and showed regret over their offences.

In a third case, a citizen of a Gulf country, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for joining the terrorist organisation Daesh and training in its camps in Syria, had his hearing adjourned to October 2, when a final ruling will be issued.

The lower court also found the man guilty of posting articles and video clips on the social media promoting the terrorist ideology of Daesh and urging young people to join it.

The defendant denied that he had joined Daesh and asked for mercy from the court.

In the fourth case, an Arab, sentenced to two years in jail to be followed by deportation for insulting UAE leaders, had his hearing adjourned to October 2, when a final ruling will be handed down to him.

In the fifth case, A Gulf citizen sentenced to 18 months for possessing a rifle and a bomb, had his hearing adjourned to October 9, when a final ruling will be handed down to him.

The defendant told the court the rifle was an antique presented to him by a prominent personality in the UAE. The defendant added that the bomb was nothing but a firecracker used in wedding parties, demanding that he be cleared of all the charges.

In the sixth case, another Gulf citizen sentenced to seven years to be followed by three-year probation for insulting Saudi officials and publishing articles promoting ideology of terrorist organisations in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, had his hearing adjourned to October 9, for sentencing by the Federal Supreme Court.

In the seventh case, a Gulf citizen sentenced to five years in prison for joining Daesh and promoting its terrorist ideology, had his hearing adjourned to October 2, for sentencing by the highest court.

Counselling Centers cases:

In four other cases, the Federal Supreme Court looked into the appeals presented by four young Emirati men, who were earlier sent to counselling centres of the Interior Ministry for six months.

The men demanded that they be cleared of the charges of promoting terrorist ideology of Al Islah, an affiliate of the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The court will hand down a final ruling on October 2.

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