Hamad Hassan Ruqit Al Ali, born in 1951, holds a BA in History of Arabic Language from Al-Azhar University in 1975. He worked as a Director of the Endowment Department at the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, contributed in establisng the famous Reform and Social Guidance Association in the UAE. He was known as a preacher and writer as he has a collection of valuable books in al-Dawa.
His apprehenshion and trial
On July 25, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Raqit and kept in a secret place until he appeared before court. During detention, he was subjected to humiliating treatment as he was not allowed to contact his family or the lawyer. Also, the authorities refused to offer him a specialized medical treatment as his pyshcological heatlh worsned and fell into depression.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced 56 people, including Raqit, to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation on charges of being affiliated with a secret illegal group. He was brought before court as a member of the “UAE 94” group.
His trial lacked all the standards of a fair trial that are guaranteed by the international convetions, such as overlooking all confessions extracted under torture, and respecting the right of the defendants to legal representation. However, the trial lacked legality as the statements of the detainees, including Mr. Hamad, that they were subjected to torture and degrading treatment were ignored. This occurred amid the absence of any material evidence for the charges brought against them. Also, the authorities considered the detainees’ social activity as a terrorist crime before a court that cannot be challenged.