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UAE President orders release of 2 Qataris who posted insulting royal images online

Pair released to show UAE’s keenness to strengthen ties between the two Gulf states

UAE President orders release of 2 Qataris who posted insulting royal images online
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Two Qatari nationals who posted insulting images of the UAE royal family online have been released.

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ordered the release of the two Qataris who were sentenced by UAE State Security Court, along with a number of others in absentia, for spreading news, data, information and pictures on Twitter and Instagram. They were also fined AED1 million ($272,257) for the offence.

UAE official state news agency WAM reported that Sheikh Khalifa ordered the release of the two Qatari citizens to emphasise the UAE’s keenness to strengthen the close fraternal relations between the leaderships and peoples of the two brotherly countries.

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