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Omani goes on trial for insulting UAE on social media

Defendant claims mental illness, denies accusations of spreading damaging rumours about the UAE

Omani goes on trial for insulting UAE on social media
Law

An Omani man is being tried for spreading damaging rumours about the UAE on social media, it has been reported.

The defendant, described as thirty-one-year-old ‘M S R’, has been accused of setting up and managing accounts on websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Blogger, where he published harmful rumours about Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, according to the National.

M S R reportedly posted several other posts that threatened more generally to ruin the reputation and peace of the UAE.

But he has denied the accusations and claimed he is mentally ill.

He told a court hearing that he was suicidal and had “a chronic mental disorder that had worsened [during his detention] in prison”.

“I didn’t receive treatment in two months and my health is deteriorating,” M S R was quoted as saying.

“I don’t want to point fingers or blame anyone but I am suicidal and I need to be treated to prevent another suicide attempt.”

He asked the court to give him access to medication and monthly check ups in hospital.

His lawyer requested that his client be bailed but the judge reportedly refused the request and adjourned the case to October 5. A doctor has reportedly been assigned to look after him in the meantime.

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