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UAE withdraws citizenship of six naturalised residents

Individuals posing threat to UAE's security had connections with 'suspicious organisations'

UAE withdraws citizenship of six naturalised residents
Some of the six individuals had held citizenship for over three decades
UAE withdraws citizenship of six naturalised residents
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE
UAE withdraws citizenship of six naturalised residents
GCC expats, American expatriate in Saudi Arabia, expats and Saudi national

The UAE has withdrawn citizenship from six individuals who were accused of threatening national security, according to a report on Thursday.

The citizenship was withdrawn in accordance with an order issued by the UAE president HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dated Dec 4, a source at the General Administration for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, told the WAM news agency.

The accused, who originally carried the nationality of other countries, were granted UAE citizenship by naturalisation.

The source told WAM “those persons had perpetrated over the past years acts threatening the national security of the UAE through their connection with suspicious regional and international organisations and personalities.”

The report added that some of the six persons had connections with suspicious organisations and societies classified in the UN lists to combating terrorism financing. Some of them had held citizenship for over three decades.

“'This resolution is an act of State sovereignty,”' the source added.

WAM named the individuals as Hussein Munif Abdullah Hassan Al Jabri, Hassan Munif Abdullah Hassan Al Jabri, Ibrahim Hassan Ali Hassan Al Marzouqi, Shaheen Abdullah Malallah Haider Al Hosani, Ali Hussein Ahmed Ali Al Hammadi and Mohammed Abdul Raziq Mohammed Al Sidiq Al Abeidli.

Earlier this year Sheikh Khalifa pardoned five activists who had been convicted and jailed for insulting the UAE leadership, after they criticised UAE policies and called for reforms.

One of the six men stripped of his citizenship - all were affiliated with an Islamist organisation - said UAE officials had contacted him last week and demanded he hand over his identity papers.

"The passport office called us and said there was a decree saying that our citizenship should be revoked. They said they want all of our documentation, so we gave it to them," Mohammed Abdul Raziq Mohammed Al Sidiq Al Abeidli told Reuters.

* With inputs from Reuters

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procan 8 years ago

Good for the UAE weed out these persons, we are doing the same thing here in Canada but our list is a little bigger than yours, but it is a good start! Did you know there are 400,000 thousand registered Iranians in Canada but many do not live here..Some registered Canadians are fighting in foreign armies aboard illegally that can be thrown out.Keep up the good work do not let it get out of hand as we have.

John 8 years ago

We did not know what the reason was to take such an action. People need to be aware. Where is the transparency? They just mentioned that these people were affiliated with Islamist Organizations.

Mark 8 years ago

procan as a Canadian I am embarrassed by your groundless comments and please be more factual before blasting off with your racist-tinged self opinions.

Adul Jaleel 8 years ago

One must understand that the integrity and sovereignity of the country must be protected. In islam the religion always said to the people obey and loyal to the rulers and laws and there is no word in islam called terroerism.

Vicky 8 years ago

Canada is probably among the fewest countries in the world to be welcoming and lenient to diverse elements. While it makes it a glorious nation for its citisen, I just hope it can sustain this charectier beyond our generation.... in the context of the volatile economic, political and social trends all around, it is an extremely challenging task. However, I think UAE is doing the right thing by being tough on its 'wayward' citizen.

procan 8 years ago

Vicky you have heart your compassion is inspirational thank you .....eh

SansSense 8 years ago

At the same time, the laws should be just and impartial, not different laws for locals and expats.

tony 8 years ago

procan, there are thousands of registered Lebanese in Canada who dont live in Canada? Why pick on Iranians?

Red Snappa 8 years ago

As an observation of the practicalities of stripping them of their citizenship, presumably that means cancelling passports, where do they go as stateless people? Do the UAE authorities have to find another country willing to take them in and offer citizenship, do they have a family history that involves another country of origin?

How do the logistics go, so they are sent somewhere else to ferment unrest against being permanently exiled from UAE?

Omar 8 years ago

Very wise decision from Sheikh Khalifa. I also heard that Canada is about to be revoke the citizenship from many who falsified documents and misled the authorities about the period of time they stayed Canada. Law should fiercely be imposed. You dont like UAE, go back to your origin. Same with Canada, you dont want to stay in Canada, stay where you are!!You dont like UK, go back to your rich culture you are proud of!!!