Eight Lebanese Face 'Terrorism' Trial in UAE

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Eight Lebanese citizens, all Shiite Muslims, have been charged with "terrorism" in the UAE and denied legal representation in a trial "marred with violations," Human Rights Watch said Monday.

While the charges have not been made public, families of the eight men say they were charged with terrorism, according to New York-based HRW.

UAE media reported that they are linked to Lebanon’s Hizbullah.

Although the Iran-backed group holds three cabinet posts and is 13 seats in the Lebanese parliament, it is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

A representative of the UAE government could not be immediately reached for comment.

Family members told HRW the defendants had been held in solitary confinement for prolonged periods and denied legal representation and visits by their relatives.

"Time and again, the UAE has used the specter of terrorism to justify its utter lack of respect for the rule of law," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW.

"By not respecting the rights of the defendants to a fair trial, the Emirati authorities are indicating that they have already decided the outcome."

All of the men under trial have lived and worked in UAE for more than 15 years, seven of them for Dubai-owned Emirates Airlines, HRW said.

The eight men had been detained between December 2017 and February last year and held for one year before their trial opened on February 13, it said.

Family members told HRW that none of the men had any known political affiliations and their confessions were made under duress.

Leading English-language Gulf News daily on February 13 reported an Abu Dhabi court had charged 11 "Arabs," including three in absentia, with "setting up a terrorist cell and planning attacks in the UAE upon the orders of Lebanon's Hizbullah" and that they communicated with the Shiite group in favor of Iran.

The next hearing is scheduled for March 27.

Comments 8
Thumb galaxy 25 March 2019, 12:10

Family members told HRW that none of the men had any known political affiliations and their confessions were made under duress.

So, the shia now believe in HRW and Human Rights? LOL

Thumb eagledawn 25 March 2019, 12:19

"flamethrower........ 15 minutes ago
HRW is a zionist globalist covert subversion organization in any way you turn it"

"_mowaten_
we're calling you and the western propagandists such as Amnesty and HRW liars, we dont believe your BS."

"flamethrower....... 4 hours ago
nothing the UN and its 'humanitarian' mouthpieces says is credible."

Thumb s.o.s 25 March 2019, 12:21

The emiratis won't be safe in Lebanon, the terrorists will abduct gulf citizens because that's what terrorists do. We've seen it with the Czech tourists, Turkish pilots and so on...

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 25 March 2019, 12:29

"By not respecting the rights of the defendants to a fair trial, the Emirati authorities are indicating that they have already decided the outcome."

Since when do the shias and their hezbollah believe in fair trials? In Lebanon, Hezbollah arrests anybody they like and accuse them of being terrorists and takfiris and have it rubber stamped by a biased and corrupt judiciary.

There are many Lebanese shias in Dubai, and if this was a 'political' case the Emiratis have a large database of shias to choose from. These men must have done something wrong.

Thumb doodle-dude 25 March 2019, 12:32

These terrorists were caught red handed meddling with blablablablablabla's deep and wide luv tunnel. He uses it to finance shiism and terrorism.

Thumb janoubi 25 March 2019, 12:39

The suspects used their positions at Emirates Airlines to contact shias in Bahrain at the request of Hezbollah.

Thumb barrymore 25 March 2019, 14:14

At least 13 civilians were killed, mostly children, in an air strike by "international forces" in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz late last week, the United Nations said Monday.

Air Strike Kills 13 Civilians, Mostly Children, in Afghanistan
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/258159-air-strike-kills-13-civilians-mostly-children-in-afghanistan

Where is HRW here???

Thumb _citizen_ 25 March 2019, 14:21

Execute them without further delay.