UAE security trial: Social media reacts strongly to verdict

Citizens and expats take to social media networks to air views on security trial verdict

Dubai: Social media in the country was highly vocal in its support of the verdict in Tuesday’s security trial. Many were surprised at what they thought were extremely humane judgements for the serious sedition charges.

Citizens and expatriates were all praise for the objectivity and kindness shown by the authorities to those indicted and their families.

Facebook users and tweeters felt that people found guilty of jeopardising the country’s security and stability had received a fair trial, within the accommodations of the law.

Ronilo Florentino Berdonar commented on Facebook: “The leaders of the UAE are very kind and generous…. Emiratis are enjoying their life because of good governance, but evil minds are scattered everywhere.”

Greta Yvonne Duffield agreed. She wrote: “As a Western Muslim living in this beautiful country, I cannot imagine the government being overthrown and in turmoil. May the UAE always be a peaceful place to live!”

Gulf News readers Sufi Mohammad Junooni and Sophy Aqeel were equally strong in their support of a “good decision” and added: “God bless and save the UAE.”

On Twitter, most tweeted updates of the trial and the verdict during the early half of the day, while some found the verdict to be a vindication of the nation’s objectivity over the issue.

Tweet by @uaeyah2h read: “26 acquitted in #UAE94 trial. A slap in the face of whoever doubted the integrity of the #UAE judicial system.”

@Mn608Ra8i wrote: “The whole nation had their eyes on the sedition trial… God bless the UAE.”

This view was reiterated by M-Alahbaabi @M_Alahbabi, who said: “Most countries in the world issue the death penalty for traitors, but the UAE has been merciful with its verdict. This shows the world the fair and forgiving life in the UAE.”

Others praised the country’s judicial system. @Elmalikah tweeted:” The #UAE’s judicial system has reflected at most the integrity and impartiality in handling the #UAE94 trial.”

@Talalalmazrouei said: “Independence and integrity of the judiciary system in the UAE are the main reasons behind the development of the UAE.”

For many, the end of the trial finally signaled closure on the matter, while a few called for reason and restraint in action against the families of those convicted.

@lolabahrain tweeted: “I’m glad the #UAE94 trial is over now and the UAE can move on. Justice has been served.”

@MajedAlraisiy1 added: “The innocent we will take back in, but those convicted, we will not sympathise with them as they are traitors to the country. Traitors are enemies to the country.”

@dbelhoul wrote: “A special request to everybody not to harass or mistreat the families and relatives of those convicted in the trial and respect their privacy.”