Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals on Wednesday sent the case of an Arab woman accused of insulting Ajman Police to the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court.
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The 24-year-old woman, A. N. S, was accused of publishing a video clip on Snapchat, allegedly insulting the Ajman Police.
In the clip, the woman was seen uttering offensive words against the police, breaching the cybercrime laws.
Last week, the court heard the pleas of the accused who admitted that she had posted the clip, but claimed she did not mean to insult the police.
The General Prosecution had filed a case against her and warned of tough action against anyone who posts any material that harms the integrity of the police force or insults authorities.
In last week’s session, the woman said she was angry when she made the video but she didn’t mean to insult anyone. The judge ordered the case to be sent to the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court.
The court also heard the case of three Arab men — B.M.H, W.W.H, and A.M.H — who were charged with living in the UAE after joining terrorist organisations in Syria, providing them with weapons and ammunitions and urging young people to join these groups.
The three men denied the charges and the court adjourned the hearing to October 25, when the lawyers will present their arguments.
In a third case, the court heard the defence arguments of a Gulf national charged with attempting to join the terrorist group Daesh, travelling to Thailand and communicating with elements of the group.
The lawyer demanded that the defendant be cleared of the charges, saying that he had travelled to Thailand for medical reasons. The lawyer presented to the court medical reports and said the prosecution did not present any evidence that the defendant had contacted any member of the terrorist group.
The court adjourned the hearing to October 25, when a ruling will be issued.
In a fourth case, the court heard the testimony of a prosecution witness against a citizen of a Gulf country accused of setting up and running accounts on WhatsApp and Twitter to promote terrorist ideology and publish hatred against the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The court adjourned the hearing to October 25, when the defence will present it arguments.
In a fifth case, four Arab men, charged with posting articles, pictures and video clips insulting the UAE and Saudi Arabia, had their hearing adjourned to November 8 to look into the defendants’ medical reports and for the defence lawyers to present their arguments.
In a sixth case, two men accused of spying for Iran had their hearing adjourned to October 25 to allow the defence lawyers to present their case.
In a similar case, an employee of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) charged with spying for Iran, the hearing was adjourned to October 25, to allow the defence lawyers to present their arguments.