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Abu Dhabi Court Adjourns Hearing in Terrorist 'Justice and Dignity Committee' Case to May 2

84 defendants are accused of establishing a clandestine terrorist organisation in UAE

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Published on April 27, 2024, 12:46:34


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The Abu Dhabi Court has decided to postpone the hearing in the case involving the 'Justice and Dignity Committee' Organisation to May 2, 2024.

The decision aims to allow for the completion of defense arguments and the defendants' response to the prosecution's assertions in Case No. 87 of 2023, which pertains to State Security Offenses.

The case involves 84 defendants accused of establishing and leading a covert terrorist group within the UAE called the ‘Justice and Dignity Committee’.

Allegations against them range from plotting terrorist activities to fundraising for the organization while concealing the origins and destinations of these funds.

During the recent court session, attended by defendants' families and media representatives, defense lawyers argued for over three hours.

Their main contention centered around the court's jurisdiction, citing a previous ruling in Case No. 79 of 2012.

This aspect formed a crucial part of their defense strategy, supported by all defendants. Additionally, they challenged the validity of the charges and disputed the presented evidence.

In response, the prosecution reiterated their stance, emphasising the distinction between the current charges and those in the previous case.

They argued that the actions in question constitute separate criminal offenses, particularly highlighting the financing of a terrorist organisation, which was not addressed in the prior trial.

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