Ahmed Saif Khalaf Saleh Al-Matri, born in 1965, holds a master's degree in water resources engineering and management. He held several key positions, including acting director of the Department of Combating Desertification in the Ministry of Environment and Water and scientific and advocacy articles writer.
His apprehension and trial
On July 30, 2012, the UAE security forces arbitrarly arrested Al-Matri from his house as they stormed it and searched it without a legal search and arrest warrant. Then, he was subjected to enforced disappearance, and no one knew his place or contacted him.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Al-Matri, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal group, in case knonw the “UAE 94.”
His trial lacked the standards of a fair trial as it witnessed a number of legal violations including the denial of the detainee’s right to legal representation. They ignored his statements that he was was subjected to degrading treatment and failed to investigate into the detainee’s allegations of an attempt to force him to sign confessions under threat and torture, being placed in solitary confinement.
Many human rights organizations considered the arrest and trial of Al-Matari and other prisoner of conscience in the "UAE 94" case as a backward step in the freedom of opinion and expression, which international conventions gurarnteed. Al-Razeen prison, known as one of the most horrific political prisons due to the forms of torture, infringing physical inviolability and disrespecting the most basic human requirements such as health care and adequate food, is another aspect of tyranny and injustice by the UAE authorities. This aims to restrict freedom of opinion and put an end to any reform movement in the country.