Fouad Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Al-Hammadi, born in 1963, worked as the head of the Training and Career Development Department at the Ministry of Education and a former educational mentor in the Ministry of Education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology, Chemistry from the College of Science at the Emirates University in 1985. He worked as an educational mentor at the Ministry of Education in Al Ain Educational Zone for 10 years, and a teacher of science and technology, in addition to his membership in the teacher training committee of the Ministry of Education.
His apprehension and trial
On July 31, 2012, security forces abducted Al-Hammadi from his house without a legal arrest warrant, and no one knew where he was until months later. His family was only allowed to visit him three times before the trial and at long intervals as well as he was prevented from seeinghis lawyer until he appeared before the court. .
During his arrest, Al-Hammadi was subjected to ill-treatment and various forms of violation. He was placed in solitary confinement, where it lacked the basic requirements of life such as a bed, a bathroom or a window. The strong night lighting affected his vision and worsened his health and psychological condition. Therefore, it was necessary to undergo a laparoscopic operation in stomach after he was diagnosed with tarantella, vitamin D deficiency, joint pain, dry eyes, and significant weight loss. It is worth mentioning that his health was perfect before his arrest, which proves that he was subjected to various forms of torture and intimidation.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Al-Hammadi to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal organization. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trail lacked the standards of a fair trial in accordance with international human rights agreements. The court denied his right to make his statements as they ignored them over writing an article, considering it a terrorist crime without any material evidence. Also, they failed to investigate into the interrogation circumstances and the arbitrary detention he was exposed to. Instead, they issued a final and unappealable judgment.
During his detention in Al-Razeen prison, Al-Hammadi continue to endure violations.
- Prevention of visits and phone calls for long periods without reasons.
- Placed in solitary confinement with his hands and legs tied.
- Confiscated all his personal properties.
- Surveillance cameras all over in the room.
These violations affected his family as well. They withdrew a scholarship from his daughter and prevented her from traveling. Also, they subjected the family to discrimination in legal procedures.
Al-Hammadi was among the names mentioned in the UN reports of cases of oppression and torture of prisoners of conscience in the UAE prisons. The human rights parties exerted pressure on the UAE authorities to comply with their obligations with human rights conventions under international law.