By Shane McGinley
Emiratis convicted in absentia are believed to be in Egypt and the UK - report
The UAE will launch extradition procedures in August against eight Emiratis convicted in absentia this week of seeking to overthrow the UAE Government, it was reported on Thursday.
The eight men were among the 69 Emiratis convicted on Tuesday of various charges, including establishing a clandestine organisation seeking to overthrow the government, and were sentenced to up to 15 years in jail. A further 25 of the 94 defendants were found not guilty and acquitted.
A source from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Gulf News eight of those convicted in absentia are believed to be in Egypt and the UK and extradition procedures will start next month.
“The legal procedure of extradition will be filed with the countries that host the suspects in 30 days from issuing of the verdict. The UAE government will start the formal procedures on August 1,” the source was quoted as saying.
According to a statement issued by the WAM news agency, 84 of the 94 defendants (72 male and 12 female) were present in the courtroom on Tuesday as the judge read the respective verdict to each defendant.
The defendants were accused of charges related to the violation of UAE Penal Code Articles 155, 160, 169, 170, 171, 180 and 182.
Article 180 relates to the "establishing, instituting, founding, organising, administering or joining an association, corporation, organisation or any branch thereof, with the aim of overthrowing the regime of the State, or publicising it where the use of force is noticeable."
The verdicts produced by the four-month long State Security trial cannot be appealed, and those found guilty will begin serving their sentences immediately, including time already served.