Daughter of man convicted of UAE sedition back in court

Daughter of one of 69 Emiratis convicted of sedition is appealing against her conviction for ignoring a security guard's instructions.

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ABU DHABI // The daughter of one of 69 Emiratis who were convicted of sedition is appealing against a fine imposed on her during the trial.

M M was visiting the Federal Supreme Court during pre-court hearings for her father’s trial when a security guard told her not to enter the court’s parking area.

She ignored his advice and drove in anyway and was subsequently charged with endangering his life.

She was found guilty by the Misdemeanours Court and sentenced to three months in prison, but won an appeal against this conviction in March.

However, a second case was lodged against her for not following the instructions of a public employee and the Misdemeanours Court fined her Dh2,000 – a decision she is now appealing.

She failed to appear in court yesterday so her lawyer, Ali Al Abbadi, asked the judge to adjourn the case, saying special circumstances prevented her from attending.

"Her father is in prison, he was one of the 94 involved in the secret organisation trial, her mother is facing a lawsuit herself, and she lives in Ras Al Khaimah and is a student at the Higher Colleges of Technology," he said.

The case was adjourned.

hdajani@thenational.ae