Accused supported Houthis before UAE classed them as terrorists, lawyers say

ABU DHABI // Terrorism charges against six men should be dropped because the group they allegedly assisted was classed as terrorist after the fact, their lawyers said. The defendants have been accused of supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen and are standing trial at the State Security Division of the Federal Supreme Court. It is not […]

ABU DHABI // Terrorism charges against six men should be dropped because the group they allegedly assisted was classed as terrorist after the fact, their lawyers said.

The defendants have been accused of supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen and are standing trial at the State Security Division of the Federal Supreme Court.

It is not clear when the men were charged but in November 2014, under Federal Law No 7 for 2014 on combating terrorist crimes, the UAE Cabinet approved Houthis on a list of terrorist organisations and groups.

The defendants are charged under the anti terrorism law with providing the rebels chemical substances, tools, and communication devices.

The law incriminates anyone committing an illegal act that would lead to acts of terror, whether directly or indirectly.

At the hearing on Monday defence lawyer Hamdan Al Zayoodi also said that evidence collected against one of the men showed nothing out of the ordinary.

Finding information on Houthis on one of the defendant’s phones was normal, he said, because as a Yemeni he was interested in the political situation back home.

Another lawyer, Alfadhel Maqbool, representing two of the defendants, told the court their jobs as delivery drivers did not mean they had transported goods to the rebels.

“The defendant is uneducated and is unaware of the political events surrounding him,” the lawyer said of one of the men.

The case has been adjourned until January 11.

hdajani@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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