Khalaf al-Rumaithi had been sentenced in absentia in 2013 on costs of ‘establishing’ a secret organisation the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
An Emirati-Turkish man sentenced in absentia 10 years in the past by the United Arab Emirates authorities has been extradited from Jordan, state media has reported.
Khalaf al-Rumaithi, an Emirati Turkish citizen in line with rights teams, was described as a “terrorist” by the UAE official WAM information company, which stated he was dealing with a retrial.
In 2013, al-Rumaithi was sentenced to fifteen years in jail by the UAE’s Federal Supreme Courtroom for “establishing a secret organisation affiliated with the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood”, WAM stated.
“In response to the UAE Legal Procedural Regulation, Khalaf Al-Rumaithi will likely be retried once more, in accordance with the authorized provisions, which stipulate that if an accused individual is arrested towards whom a judgment was handed in absentia or he turns himself in, he will likely be retried on the identical costs towards him,” WAM added.
His case has drawn concern from rights teams, with Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights saying he’s amongst 94 critics of the UAE authorities who confronted an “unfair” mass trial that led to the conviction of 69 folks.
Al-Rumaithi’s “co-defendants have been unjustly languishing in Emirati prisons for over a decade”, stated Joey Shea, UAE researcher at HRW.
HRW stated Jordan had detained al-Rumaithi, 58, at Amman’s worldwide airport on Might 7 when he arrived from Turkey, the place he had been dwelling in exile.
Jordanian authorities quickly detained him earlier than releasing him on bail, HRW stated. They detained him once more on Might 8 earlier than he was extradited to the UAE.
The UAE “won’t hesitate to go after these needed for justice and prosecute them in honest judicial course of”, WAM stated.
The Muslim Brotherhood, which was fashioned within the final century to champion political Islam as an opposition group in Egypt and different nations within the area, is taken into account to be a terrorist group by the UAE and most Gulf Arab states.