Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Abdulaziz Al-Muhairi

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 the State Security Court

  • July 25, 2012

    He was arrested with no charges or any arrest warrant

Abdulaziz Al-Muhairi is an Emirati satirist and writer who worked in the Dubai Land Department. 
Al-Muhairi holds a BA in Arabic language from the UAE University. He has experience in the field of education, in addition to being a writer for the Emirati newspaper Al-Bayan. He is a member of the Culture and Science Symposium for more than one cultural season.
Al-Muhairi was known for his non-stop pen and dramatic plots, as he won the Silver Award at the Gulf Festival for Radio and Television in Bahrain for the radio drama "Ghanem and Afra". He represented the UAE in a youth festival as a "writer" in the field of short story. He has a local blog for social literature entitled "I have a story".

His apprehension and trial
On August 27, 2012, the UAE security forces arrested Al-Muhairi without charge or an arrest warrant, while he was leaving the mosque after the Maghrib prayer. They took him back home and searched it, and confiscated personal laptops, smart phones, and some personal belongings and work papers. 
He spent more than six months in a secret detention, where he was not allowed to contact his lawyer nor was, he allowed to see his family, in addition to the degrading treatment and torture he was exposed to.
On March 4, 2013, he was brought before the State Security Court in the “UAE 94” case. On July, 2, 2013, the court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment and 3 years of probation.
 

Violations against the detainee

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

  • Not recognizing victim’s statements of being subjected to torture, which violates the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), which UAE signed in 2012