Khaled Muhammad Yousef Salem Rashid Al-Yamahi, born in 1977, is an expert in leadership development and holds a BA in Political Science and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Australian University of Walungung. He held several key positions including:
- Worked for McKinsey, a leading management consulting firm in change, development and enterprise
- Responsible for managing management solutions in Pakistan,
- A sales manager in an organization.
His apprehension and trial
On July 30, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Yamahi; he remained subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court, around 8 months later. During detention, he was neglected and they did not provide him with the necessary health care, given the fact the he suffers from kidney disease. In the court, his health looked miserable. In addition to that, his salary, which is the only source of living for his family, has been arbitrarily cut off.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Al-Yamahi to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal organization, known as the “UAE 94” group.
Al-Yamahi’s trial witnessed a number of legal violations, including the absence of material evidence of the charge against him. They only reviewed the investigation file, not allowing the detainee to see it. Plus, he was denied his right to legal representation. His statements that he was subjected to degrading treatment, arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance, were not counted. To add, he was not allowed to see visitors.
In Al-Razeen prison, Al-Yamahi is subjected to other forms of violations as he is placed in solitary confinement for long periods. No visits or phone calls are allowed. They confiscated all his personal properties. They subject the prisoners, including Khaled, to constant lighting, in a way to harm their psyche; they are not allowed to see the sunlight nor are they allowed to practice sport.