Dubai: The Emirates Human Rights Association said that the trial of those convicted of being part of the Egyptian-Emirati branch of the Muslim Brotherhood was in accordance with the international human rights.
Mohammad Salem Al Kaabi, member of the board of directors, and member of the team that oversaw the case and the trial, said that the trial of the 20 Egyptian members of the Brotherhood and the 10 Emirati members was transparent, fair and public.
The statement came in a press conference held at the association’s headquarters in Dubai on Tuesday afternoon, following the Federa Court verdict that was made earlier that day in Abu Dhabi.
He added that the “convicts were given the chance throughout the duration of the trial to defend themselves personally, and through the lawyers that they, or members of their family appointed”.
Khalid Al Houssani, Secertary General of the Association, and part of the team that attended the trials, said that the convicts received all their rights that are guaranteed by the UAE law.
“The same team will continue to follow up with the convicts in jail and their families, to ensure they are receiving their full rights,” Al Houssani said.
The team oversaw the trials as well as visited the convicts during the investigation period, when they were at State Security in Abu Dhabi.
Al Kaabi denied reports that the convicts were tortured. “We did not receive any complaints and we personally saw the convicts and there were no signs of torture.”
He said that from the day the convicts were arrested to the day of the verdict, everything was legal and did not breach any laws.
Jameela Rashid Al Hameli, Board member of the association, who also attended the trials said that she only received one verbal complaint from one of the convicts’ wife.
“She said that her husband did not have access to his lawyer, and that he was sick and was not receiving adequate treatment ... so I asked her to send in a written complaint to the association and gave her all the information, but she never filed,” Al Hameli said.
According to the association’s rules, the association cannot take action unless there is a written complaint.
The team also denied that the convicts had no access to lawyers.
Al Kaabi explained that there were three lawyers appointed to defend those implicated in the case. He said two of the lawyers met with the convicts, while one of the lawyers did not apply for the required permissions to visit his defendants, and that led to the complaints from the convicts that they had no access to a lawyer.
It was the lawyer’s shortcoming, Al Kaabi said, and the UAE should not be blamed for it.