The family of Baha Adel Matar, a Jordanian detainee in Emirati jails, made an urgent appeal to Jordan's King Abdullah II , to intervene and release their son and return him to the country.
Ruqayya Matar (Baha's mother), said in a video posted on her Twitter page that her son has been in Emirati prisons for 6 years and has been withheld from his children who have not been able to see him during that time.
Matar deplored her son's imprisonment because of his comment on a news article in the "WhatsApp" group, explaining that Baha was tortured and beaten and suffered from deteriorating health.
Baha's mother revealed that he was forcibly disappeared during the first three months of his detention with no word on him, despite repeated requests from the family.
Ruqayya Matar concluded her letter to the Jordanian King with an urgent request to intervene and contact the Emirati authorities to secure her son's release, expressing that she has no objection to Bahaa spending his detention period in Jordan.
It is noteworthy that 4 Jordanians residing in Abu Dhabi, namely: Baha Matar, Maher Abu Al-Shawareb, Abdullah and Yasser Abu Bakr (two brothers), were surprised by the raid, search and arrest of their homes in 2015. The court charged them all with "publishing news that endangered the interests of the state". Later it turned out that the intended news article was a "WhatsApp" message to a group of the four young men circulating news from the media about the Yemen war, and convicted them all of "promoting a terrorist organization" for circulating in the same group a video about "ISIS" which is not true.