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UAE court upholds life sentence for Emirati who planned terror attacks

State Security Court orders convict to cover all the costs of the case

UAE court upholds life sentence for Emirati who planned terror attacks

The State Security Court of the UAE Federal Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence given to a 30-year-old Emirati convicted of attempted murder and plotting terror attacks.

The court rejected the appeal of “A.M.J” during its session on Monday, while ordering him to cover all the costs of the case.

The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court convicted the UAE national of attempted murder with the intent of committing a terrorist act, attempting to join the terrorist “Al Nusra Front” in Syria and travelling to Turkey to achieve this goal, state news agency WAM said.

The court also convicted him of planning to commit terrorist crimes and attempting to blow up sensitive areas by using explosives and live ammunition. It also convicted him of establishing accounts on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook to promote the ideas of Al Qaida and ISIL, and encouraging youth to join these terrorist organisations.

Separately, the State Security Court upheld appeal court judgement on the innocence of “H.H.B", a 37-year-old from Comoros, and two Emiratis, 24-year-old "Kh.H.M", and 25-year-old "Y.A.S".  It cleared  the three accused men of charges of joining the terrorist organisation, the “Al Nusra Front”, as well as, possessing an unlicensed weapon and spreading information through Whatsapp, with the aim of promoting the ideas of ISIS.

In a third case, the appeal court set June 5 as the date to announce its ruling in the case of a 25-year-old Emirati woman, "M.S.Sh” who has challenged the previous ruling against her.

The appeal court upheld her five year imprisonment after being convicted of attempting to join ISIS, communicating with elements working for the organisation through social media, providing money to the organisation and establishing accounts on social media to promote the ideas of the terrorist organisation.

While the accused appealed the ruling, she demanded the court transfer her from Al Wathba Prison to another punitive establishment due to her psychological and health conditions.

The court instructed the prosecutor to review her request, in consideration of her health conditions, WAM said.