Muhammad Ali Saleh Al-Mansouri, born in 1960, is one of the pillars of law in the UAE. He holds a Ph.D. in public international law and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eslah Society. Also, he is one of those who signed the Third of March Petition that called for reforms. Foreign Policy magazine of America classified him and Dr. Muhammad Al-Roken as two of the knights of freedom in the world.
He held several key positions including:
- The Sharia and legal advisor to the ruler and government of Ras Al Khaimah,
- The president of the Emirates Center for Studies and Information,
- The vice president of the UAE Jurists Association.
His apprehension and trial
On July 16, 2012, the UAE state security forces arrested Al-Mansouri and subjected him to enforced disappearance for 231 days in an unknown place, where he was constantly subjected to torture. Violations committed against him affected his family as well, as the authorities The fabricated an accusation against his daughter, Moza Al-Mansouri, who was 23 at the time, and was unjustly sentenced to 3 months.
Treated in a degrading manner, Dr. Al-Mansoori went on a hunger strike. He and other prisoner of conscience were subjected to abuse and strict searches, affecting their physical deprivation and psyche. Guards kept assaulting all the prisoners, including Al-Mansouri beating him and confiscating his belongings: clothes, toiletries and notebooks. Due to the hunger strike he went on to get his rights, his health deteriorated.
On July 2, 2013, the Federal Supreme Court issued an unfair verdict against Al-Mansouri, sentencing him to 10 years imprisonment with additional 3 years of probation. This trial, which contains dozens of the UAE elite, was known as the “UAE 94”.