By Staff writer
Emirati man is standing trial accused of plotting terrorist attacks
An Abu Dhabi court on Monday heard the husband of the woman executed for stabbing a US teacher to death had donated up to AED1 million ($272,246) to terror organisation and declaring himself ISIL’s official representative in the UAE.
MAH, the Emirati husband of Alaa Al Hashemi, dubbed the 'Reem Ghost' after she stabbed Romanian-born American teacher Ibolya Ryan in the toilet of the Abu Dhabi shopping mall, is facing seven terror-related charges, including plans to bomb Yas Marina Circuit and Ikea and assassinate leaders of the UAE.
A search of his laptop and computers found he had watched video tutorials on how to make explosives, had posted photos of UAE leaders with threats to harm them, had donated up to AED1 million ($272,246) to ISIL and Al Qaeda and had met an online Al Qaeda acquaintance while on pilgrimage in Makkah, The National newspaper reported.
The court also heard MAH and his wife had sent a voice recording to ISIL leader Abu Baker Al Baghdadi pledging their allegiance, in which MAH declared himself ‘the prince of ISIL in the UAE’ and group’s only true representative in the country.
His wife was executed in July 2015. MAH’s case has been adjourned to February 22.