Federal Supreme Court upholds 10-year jail sentence for man convicted of spying

Federal Supreme Court dismisses five other appeals challenging verdicts by lower courts

Abdulla Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor
17:06 October 2, 2017

Abu Dhabi: The Federal Supreme Court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a man found guilty of spying and aiding Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court had sentenced the 46-year-old Iranian, a general manager in an oil and gas company in Dubai, to 10 years in jail followed by deportation.

Violating sanctions

He was found guilty of violating international sanctions against Iran by attempting to smuggle a large power generator and other devices to Tehran via Myanmar using fake documents, the state security prosecution said.

He was also convicted of trying to smuggle out the generator through Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port using fake documents.

Final decision

The ruling of the court — the UAE’s highest judicial authority — may not be appealed and are therefore final.

The verdict was one of six handed down by the court in Abu Dhabi on Monday. In all cases, the court rejected appeals made against verdicts delivered by lower courts.

Daesh man

In the second case, it upheld a 10-year jail term for an Emirati man found guilty of joining Daesh in Syria and setting up and running social media accounts to promote the terror group’s ideology.

The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court had earlier sentenced the man to 10 years in jail and ordered the seizing of his computers and equipment.

Illegal video

In the third case, two men from Bahrain had their three-year jail terms followed by deportation and Dh500,000 fines upheld.

They were found guilty of publishing a video clip on WhatsApp, fomenting sectarianism and promoting terrorist militias in Iraq.

Terrorism case

In the fourth case, a Sudanese man had his two-year jail term followed by deportation upheld.

He was found guilty of joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and setting up and running social media accounts to promote these groups.

He was also convicted of publishing video clips and articles to harm relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Muslims Brotherhood member

In the fifth case, an Emirati had his five-year jail term upheld and the equipment used in the offence confiscated.

The man was found guilty of joining Al Islah group, an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, designated a terror group by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and attempting to overthrow the government in the country.


In the sixth case, another Emirati had his five-year prison term upheld and his equipment confiscated after being found guilty of joining Daesh in Syria.

The court also adjourned hearings in three other terror-related cases to October 9 for the defence to make its case.

In another case, an Emirati man sentenced to death in absentia for joining Daesh, had his appeal adjourned to October 9, when the court will give a ruling.