Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Ali Al-Khaja

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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

  • August 28, 2012

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

Ali Abdullah Fateh Ali Al-Khaja, born in 1966, an Emirati businessman who was subjected to security harassment because of his social activities and his affiliation with Eslah Society. He has a BA in Information Systems Management.

His apprehension and trial 
On August 28, 2012, the UAE Security forces arrested Al-Khaja from his home. He remained subjected to enforced disappearance until he appeared before court. During detention, he was subjected to degrading treatment and various forms of torture. He was placed in solitary confinement and subjected to intimidation. He was not allowed to see visitors nor was he allowed to see his lawyer. Plus, his request to be released on bail despite his presentation of all appropriate guarantees was rejected.

On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Al-Khaja, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation accused of being affiliated  with a secret illegal organization. He was brought before the court as a member of the “UAE 94” group. 
In Al-Razeen prison, Al-Khaja is subjected to various violations, including being placed in solitary confinement and prevention from going out in the sun, practicing sports and religious rituals. Also, he was not allowed to see visitors for a long time with no reasons.

Violations against the detainee

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