Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center

Mahmoud Al-Hosani

العربية
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Detainee Timeline

  • July 16, 2019

    He was kept in detention although he finished his sentence

  • July 2, 2013

    He was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment

  • March 4, 2013

    He was brought before the State Security Court

  • July 16, 2012

    He was arrested with no legal reasons or an arrest warrant

Mahmoud Al-Hosani, 31 years old, is an Emirati journalist and the founder of the "Smart Media" company. He was the official spokesperson and public relations officer for Sharjah Transport in 2010.
Al-Hosani has participated in many media works in the field of television and radio. He is also a member of the Dubai Press Club.

His apprehension and trial
On July 16, 2012, the UAE security forces stormed Al-Hosani house and arrested him without charges or an arrest warrant. They searched his home and confiscated personal belongings and electronic devices such as Al Hosani's phone and laptop.
He kept detained in a secret place, where no was allowed to contact him for eight months until he appeared before court on March 4, 2013.
On July 2, 2013, the State Security Court sentenced Al-Hosani to 7 years imprisonment, after he was accused of being affliliated with an illegal secret organization, which aims to oppose the foundations on which the state is based to seize the ruling with the help of foreign bodies.
Although Al-Hosani served his sentence on July 16, 2019, the UAE authorities are still holding him for about two years without legal basis. He was placed in the counseling center in Al-Razeen prison under the pretext that he poses a terrorist danger. Plus, he is denied his right to appeal.
The violations affected his family as well, as the UAE authorities revoked the nationality of his children. In 2017, they exerted pressure on his wife to file for divorce if she wanted to restore the nationality of the children and promised her that she and her children would be given a home.

Violations against the detainee

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

  • 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