Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Ali Al-Kindi

Defender of Human Rights

العربية
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Detainee Timeline

  • July 2, 2013

    He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation

  • March 4, 2013

    He was brought before court on charges of being affiliated with a secret organization

  • September 10, 2012

    The UAE authorities arrested him with no legal reasons or an arrest warrant

  • March 3, 2011

    He signed the Third of March petition

Ali Said Muhammad Hassan Al-Kindi, born in 1976, is a judge of the State Council and Secretary General of the Jurists Association. He is an assistant advisor who specializes in filing lawsuits and defending cases that are brought against the state before the federal courts.
Al-Kindi is one of those who signed the well-known Third of March petition, which he and a group of jurists and qualified people in the Emirates presented to the Supreme Council of the Union. However, the consequences were serious as Al-Kindi and others ended up arrested and brought before court.  

His apprehension and trial
On September 10, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Kindi from his house without an arrest warrant. During his detention, he was subjected to degrading treatment and enforced disappearance until he appeared before court.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
After he was denied his right to legal representation, Al-Kindi pleaded for himself. He stated that the trial is illegal as it lacked the elements of the crime and any material evidence of the charges brought against him, such as writing critical articles against the country, establishing an secret organization “Dawai Elslah”, Calling for Reform, although it existed before he was even born. Also, in the court, Al-Kindi demanded an appeal of the content of the case.
The court violated Al-Kindi’s right to a fair trial by not considering his statements that he was subjected to torture and intimidation, the failure to investigate into the circumstances of the arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance he was exposed to, and considering his social activity a terrorist crime without any material evidence. 
Human rights organizations denounced the violations against Al-Kindi and other prisoners of conscience in Al-Razeen Prison. These violations made them to go on hunger strike as a protest against the degrading treatment and the repeated violations, including long time in solitary confinement, the physical and psychological harassment and abuse, the denial of ventilation and air conditioning, and the prevention of group prayer and the practice of any activities and confiscation of personal belongings.
Also, they condemned the arrest and trial of Al-Kindi because of his dedication to serving his country. Al-Kindi devoted many years of his life defending the UAE and its decisions as he was the legal representative of the state and government figures in 10 different courts.
 

Violations against the detainee

  • Issuing an unappealable judgement, which violates the victim’s right to have a double-hearing judicial.

  • Depriving the victim of legal representation, as lawyers had been threatened not to represent cases, which violates UN Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.