In an exclusive interview with EDAC

Al-Nahhas ' Brother: We consider AbdelRahman forcibly disappeared to this day by the UAE's SSA to this day

9 Sep 2021
Al-Nahhas ' Brother: We consider AbdelRahman forcibly disappeared to this day by the UAE's SSA to this day

Khalaf al-Nahhas, the brother of Syrian human rights activist Abdul Rahman al-Nahhas, said the family was deeply shocked after the United Arab Emirates State Security Department (Federal Court) decided to detain his brother for 10 years. He added that the verdict came as a surprise to them, especially after the UAE set up the Human Rights National Authority (UAENHRI).

Khalaf continued in statements to the Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC), "There are no words that can describe the intense pain and anger we felt today after learning of the unjust verdict against my oppressed brother."

Al-Nahhas recounted that he had spoken to his brother on the phone a day before the verdict was handed down and he was suffering from a nervous breakdown as he was crying heavily and could not calm him down. He believed that the reason was the mistreatment his brother was subjected to throughout the trial, in addition to the notorious Al-Wathba prison conditions.

The brother of the founder of the organization (Insan Watch) that monitors violations commited by the Syrian regime added that the way the UAE authorities dealt with Abdul Rahman was similar to the way "the butcher dealt with his carcass, as he was kidnapped and forcibly hidden in a solitary cell and then interrogated in an inhumane manner while blindfolded amid beatings, insults, threats of execution or deportation to Syria.

Khalaf stated that the UAE authorities closed his brother's bank account and violated his privacy by confiscating his personal belongings such as his phone and laptop.

Khalaf confirmed that he does not acknowledge the flawed legal procedures that have taken place and believes that his brother Abdul Rahman has been forcibly hidden until today by the State Security Apparatus (SSA), which has hired a lawyer connected to the apparatus who has been trying since day one to to convince the family that Abdul Rahman is guilty of being an activist defending human rights and that there is evidence proving his communication with international human rights organizations and this is what the prosecution in Abu Dhabi considers taboo, as he told Khalad

Khalaf expressed his full conviction that the court appointed lawyer is nothing but an informant of the SSA, as she deliberately mistreats them and refuses to cooperate with them, to the extent of not meeting his brother during the trial and not giving the family any information related to the case.

Khalaf called on the UAE authorities to immediately release his brother, implement the UAENHRI's finding and respect the provisions of the Constitution and relevant international covenants.

It is noteworthy that yesterday, September 8, the State Security Department of the Federal Court sentenced the Syrian activist Abdel Rahman Al-Nahhas to 10 years in prison for membership in a terrorist organization and insulting the reputation of the state for asking for asylum in an email to the French Embassy.