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Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court Adjourns Terror Outfit Case to March 14

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Judith Mariya

Published on March 10, 2024, 18:43:24

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Abu Dhabi, Muslim Brotherhood, money laundering, justice, open court

The case involving members of the Muslim Brotherhood charged with crimes related to the establishment and management of a terrorist organisation, as well as money laundering, has been adjourned to March 14.

The State Security Chamber of the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court has postponed the hearing in Case No. 87 of 2023 - State Security Offences, to allow for the completion of the defense's pleas.

A total of 84 defendants are accused of establishing and managing a clandestine terrorist organisation in the UAE named the 'Justice and Dignity Committee'. The charges include plotting terrorist activities, fundraising for the organisation, and obscuring the origin and destination of funds.

During the latest session, lasting over five hours and attended by defendants' families and media representatives, defense attorneys challenged the validity of the charges presented by the Prosecution and contested the evidence submitted. They advocated for the acquittal and release of their clients. The court adjourned the case until the upcoming Thursday to facilitate the conclusion of the defense's presentation.

One of the defense's arguments asserted that the court lacked jurisdiction due to a previous judgment in a separate case, which the Prosecution refuted during a prior session. Additionally, the defense disputed the reliability of the evidence, including investigations, technical and financial reports, arguing that they relied heavily on analysis, thus introducing doubts.

The Prosecution concluded its arguments over two sessions in February, emphasising that this case differs from Case No. 79 of 2012 State Security Crimes and is not a retrial. They supported their stance with evidence presented in open court, such as confessions and statements from the defendants, aligning with State Security Agency investigations, expert witness testimonies and reports analysing the defendants' activities.

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