AbdulRahman Ahmed Muhammad Al-Hadidi Al Ali, born in 1959, holds a BA in History from the College of Arts, United Arab Emirates University. He worked as a Quran teacher in the Zayed Program for the Holy Quran for more than 6 years, an assistant to the Director of Al Ain Educational Zone, the head of the youth welfare and student activities department at the UAE University, and head of the teaching assistant department in the 1990s.
His apprehension and trial
On July 15, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Hadidi at Sharjah Airport while he was heading with his family to Saudi Arabic to perform Umrah. He was subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court.
He was arrested over signing the Third of March petition, calling for reform and the right to vote and be represented in the UAE National Council. His son confirmed that his father was subjected to arbitrary arrest without legal arrest warrant. He was kept in an unknown place until he appeared before court.
During detention, his health deteriorated due to the ill-treatment, as he performed a cardiac catheterization operation 3 days after he was arrested without informing his family about the circumstances of this dangerous operation. It is worth noting that his health was good before his arrest.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Al-Hadidi 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.
During his detention in Al-Razeen prison, Al-Hadidi was subjected to various forms of violations, including a prevention of seeing his lawyer, the failure to investigate into the reasons for his arrest and his sudden health deterioration. Also, he was not allowed to attend the funeral of his father, who died while he was in detentionand was prevented from bidding farewell to his body.
His trial lacked all the standards of a fair trial, as the authorities denied his right to defend himself and to legal representation. Also, they ignored his statements that he was placed in solitary confinement.