Abu Dhabi Court Adjourns Trial of ‘Justice and Dignity Committee’ Terrorist Case

The trial involves a staggering 84 defendants accused of orchestrating and managing a clandestine terrorist entity within the UAE. Charges against them range from planning terrorist activities and fundraising for the organization to concealing the source and destination of these funds

Abu Dhabi, March 16, 2024: The State Security Chamber of the Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court has decided to adjourn the hearing in Case No. 87 of 2023-State Security Offences involving the alleged terrorist organization ‘Justice and Dignity Committee’ to April 18. This decision aims to provide ample time for the completion of defence pleas.

The trial involves a staggering 84 defendants accused of orchestrating and managing a clandestine terrorist entity within the UAE. Charges against them range from planning terrorist activities and fundraising for the organization to concealing the source and destination of these funds.

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During the latest session, which witnessed the presence of defendants’ families and media representatives, the court diligently listened to over three and a half hours of defense arguments. 

Lawyers representing the accused vehemently challenged the validity of charges presented by the Prosecution, disputing the evidence provided, including investigations, technical reports, and financial analyses.

Central to the defence’s stance was the contention that the reports heavily relied on analysis, creating room for doubt and uncertainty. 

They ardently demanded the acquittal and release of their clients, asserting the absence of criminal intent due to their purported lack of awareness regarding the organization’s true objectives.

In a notable move, the court granted the accused an opportunity to personally address their situations and comment on the Prosecution’s evidence and arguments. Many seized this chance to articulate their perspectives and contribute to their defence.

A pivotal aspect of the defence strategy was the argument surrounding the court’s jurisdiction, grounded in a prior judgment from Case No. 79 of 2012. This argument was unanimously endorsed by all defendants, underscoring its fundamental importance in their legal defence.

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The Public Prosecution, however, dedicated significant portions of previous sessions to rebutting this jurisdictional claim. 

They meticulously outlined distinctions between the current case and past trials involving the defendants, supported by compelling evidence.

Furthermore, the Prosecution bolstered its stance by elucidating the criteria governing the dismissal of a case due to a prior judgment. Citing specific rulings from the Federal Supreme Court, they sought to fortify their position against the defence’s challenge.

As the trial progresses, it underscores the complexities inherent in prosecuting cases involving national security and terrorism. The meticulous scrutiny of evidence and legal arguments underscores the commitment to upholding justice while ensuring the protection of society.

The decision to adjourn the hearing reflects the court’s dedication to ensuring a fair and thorough legal process for all parties involved. With the trial set to resume on April 18, both the Prosecution and defence will continue their rigorous efforts to present their respective cases before the court.

As the nation watches closely, the outcome of this trial holds significant implications not only for the defendants but also for the broader landscape of national security and counterterrorism efforts in the UAE.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed

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