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After months of arrest and torture,

Osama Al-Najjar trial was postponed to October 14

Geneva on September 25, 2014

On September 23, the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi looked in the case of human rights activist, Osama al-Najjar, who was accused of joining a secret cell, designing and running a web site and activity on social networks in order to disseminate "inaccurate, satirical and defaming ideas and information that are harmful to the structure of State institutions." They accused him also of contacting foreign organizations and providing inaccurate information about the UAE94 trial and the jails conditions. The hearing was postponed to October 14, 2014.

It is well known that the first appearance of Osama al-Najjar was in the hearing on September 23, after more than 6 months of his arrest. He was arrested on March 17, 2014 and tortured during the first days of his arrest. He also was not able to meet his lawyer or even obtain a copy of the case papers. Osama is prosecuted before the State Security Court of the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, and it will be a final judgment that can't be appealed.

The state security controls the presence at the hearing. The presence of only two members of his family is allowed as well as the friendly media, which is usually part of authorities’ campaign against activists and prisoners of conscience.

The International Centre for Justice and Human Rights notes with concern the circumstances of the arrest and trial of activist Osama al-Najjar and calls on the UAE government to:

1-     Enable Osama al-Najjar and other detainees to have fair and independent trial

2-     Release of Osama al-Najjar unconditionally because his arrest was based on his activity on social networks and the exercise of the right of expression.

The ICJHR also calls on the international organizations and human rights defenders to support Osama al-Najjar, make pressure on the UAE government before October 14 for the release of Osama, and stop all prosecutions against him.

For more information, please contact us via e-mail:icjhr.geneva@gmai>l.com / website. www.ic4jhr.org