Jumaa Saeed Juma Bin Darwish Al Falasi, born in 1964, holds a master degree in quality management from the University of Wollongong in Australia, and a BA in industrial management from the University of Central Michigan. Previously, he worked as a department manager in the Financial and Legal Affairs Department of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, before moving to work for DP World.
Al Falasi was known for his courage in expressing his views against injustice and the so-called “security fist”. One of his well-known statements was “justice is stronger than the law,” which put him in risk of harassment before his arrest, as he was physically assaulted by 6 unknown persons.
His apprehension and trial
On July 19, 2012, the UAE State Security Service arrested the activist Jumah Al-Falasiin front of his house with no legal reasons a legal arrest warrant, and the security forces terrorized his family and searched his home without showing a search warrant.
Al-Falasi was subjected to enforced disappearance in an unknown place until he was brought before court. During detention, he was placed in solitary confinement in a cell that did not meet the minimum requirements such as not having a bathroom or a blanket as he complained of severe cold due to excessive air conditioning. Also, he was not allowed to read books or newspapers nor was he allowed to see visitors. He was completely isolated from the outside world.
Al-Falasi asked the authorities to stop falsely publish and influence the public opinion. He also asked for re-investigations into the legal procedures that will allow him to review the case files before signing unfounded confessions. During investigations, the Prosecution refused to recognize the violations he was exposed to and deprived him from using medical glasses. Plus, the person in charge of his guard insulted him verbally and physically.
On July 2, 2013, the State Security Court in the Federal Supreme Court sentenced Al-Falasi in the case of illegal secret organization, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. He was brought before the court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
Al-Falasi is still exposed to inhuman practices in Al-Razeen Prison. One day, he fell unconscious in his cell, and some of the inmates heard his head bumping. His head cracked and bled, and no one knew the reason.