Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Musbeh Al-Rumaithi

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

  • July 24, 2012

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

  • March 3, 2011

    He signed the Third of March petition

Musbeh Jumah Darwish Kaddas Al-Rumaithi, born in 1968, holds a master's degree in educational administration. He worked as a department manager in the Financial and Legal Affairs Department of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. He was known for his gentleness, love for his country and his pursuit of reform, so he signed the Third of March Petition, calling for political reform in the country. 

His apprehension and trial
On July 24, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Rumaithi on his way to his home after Tarawih prayers. He was taken, blindfolded and handcuffed, to an unknown place. He was forced to sign investigation papers without having access to them, and remained subjected to enforced disappearance during his detention. He was placed in solitary confinement, subjected to torture and defamation, and prevented from seeing a lawyer, visiting his family or giving mandate to his family.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced Al-Rumaithi 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. Al-Rumaithi was subjected to various forms of torture and degrading treatment in Al-Razeen prison. All of his personal properties were confiscate; he was not allowed to see the sun light or go out for a long time.
His trial lacked all the standards of a fair trial as authorities forced him to sign paper, confessions, and forged evidence under threat and torture. Plus, he was placed in solitary confinement and denied his right to legal representation.
 

Violations against the detainee

  • The absence of any material evidence against the victim.

  • 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.