Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Participant in issuing dozens of judgments against detainees of conscience

18 Mar 2022
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Sudanese judge Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Qader came to the UAE in 2008 and swore before the President of the State, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, to rule with “justice without fear or favour.” But since 2012, he has participated in the issuance of dozens of long prison sentences against detainees of conscience and human rights activists in the UAE, he was a member of the Panels of judges in most of the cases of the State Security Department at the Federal Court in Abu Dhabi.

Although Abdel Qader was not in any of these cases the president of the court, he was a partner in issuing its rulings, and played a prominent role in perpetuating the repression of the security services, and covering up the violations they practice, as he was assigned the task of extending the remands of detainees of conscience and human rights activists.

In many cases, Abdul Qader extended the pretrial detention of defendants without summoning them or their lawyers, in violation of Article 110 of the UAE’s Code of Criminal Procedure, which gives the accused the right to be present or his legal representative to attend the extension hearings.

Abdul Qader was known in the UAE as the “Extension Judge”, as he issues decisions to extend the detention of detainees of conscience without accusing them of any crime, and often without their presence, to become part of a system that violates the law and commits violations instead of being a protector of the law and supervisor of its implementation.

Abdel Qader issued dozens of extension orders that allowed the state security apparatus to detain citizens without charge or evidence, and he was deliberately ignoring all complaints made by detainees about torture and their detention in secret places.

For example, Abdul Qader extended the detention of detainee of conscience Abdulsalam Darwish Al Marzouki 5 times, even though the Public Prosecution did not accuse him of committing any crime. Al Marzouki complained to the judge that he had been tortured and ill-treated, but he did nothing not even protected him.

Abdul Qader also issued a decision to extend the detention of 6 of the defendants in the (UAE 94) case several times: Khaled Al Shaiba, Hussein Al Hammadi, Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi, Dr. Muhammad Al-Roken, Dr. Muhammad Al-Mansoori, and Khalifa Al Nuaimi, ignoring all the complaints they submitted about torture and ill-treatment. to which they are exposed.

During the extension sessions, Al-Rokon complained of being subjected to continuous lighting for 24 hours a day, his solitary confinement, and the practice of physical coercion against him, but Judge Abdul Qader ignored these complaints and ordered the extension of Al-Rokon’s detention again, covering up the torture he was subjected to

Abdul Qader also ignored the complaint of Al-Nuaimi, who referred in one of the extension sessions to his solitary confinement, and being interrogated 6 times a day with the aim of exhausting him and coercing him physically and morally to extract confessions from him, but Abdul Qader also ignored his complaint and ordered the extension of his detention.

In the same way, this judge ignored all the complaints of detainees of conscience, refused to open any investigation to verify them, and even extended their detention despite knowing that they were being held in secret detention centers illegally.

All these facts made Abdul Qadir one of the most prominent perpetrators of violations in the UAE, who was a partner in some mock trials against detainees of conscience, and allowed State Security to detain them for long periods in secret centers and torture them through orders to extend pretrial detention that he was issuing.

The detention orders that Abdel Qader was illegally issuing, covering up the violations, provided the necessary legal cover for committing all kinds of violations, and perpetuated repression against detainees of conscience and human rights activists.