Man accused of ridiculing UAE to be examined following ‘suicidal’ claims

Emirati A A B, 31, is accused of creating and managing several online social media accounts on which he published ideas that create havoc, spread hate, harm the unity of the state and affect societal peace.

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ABU DHABI // A man accused of publishing information that harmed the UAE will be sent to hospital for examination after he said he was suicidal.

Emirati A A B, 31, is accused of creating and managing several online social media accounts on which he published ideas that create havoc, spread hate, harm the unity of the state and affect societal peace.

It was also alleged that he used the accounts to publish information on ISIL with the purpose of promoting the organisation and motivating people to accept its ideals.

The accounts were also used as a way of publishing jokes that ridicule the state and harm its reputation, it was alleged.

A A B also allegedly used spray paint to draw ISIL’s logo on a wall in Sweihan area and wrote “it will remain”, which he then photographed and posted on Twitter under the username @monasiraldawlah.

A A B is accused of providing ISIL with financial support, but the amount was not stated in court.

A A B previously denied the charges, and said his stay at the prison caused his health to deteriorate, making him think of committing suicide.

During the last hearing, his lawyer, Hamdan Al Zeyoodi, had requested that his client be transferred to a hospital and that his previous medical files be acquired and added to the case files.

The Public Prosecution said a hospital has been contacted, but has not responded to the request.

Judge Mohammed Al Jarrah Al Tenaiji ordered that A A B be sent to a hospital behavioural clinic to have a complete check-up, and is expecting a detailed report afterwards. The case was adjourned to December 7.

aalkhoori@thenational.ae