UAE jails Qatari doctor to seven years for backing banned Islamist group

In this Sunday Sept. 8, 2013 file photo, Hasan al-Jidah holds a photograph of his father, detained Qatari doctor Mahmoud al- Jidah, at the family's home in Doha, Qatar. (Courtesy Photo of AP)

A UAE court sentenced on Monday a Qatari physician to seven years in jail for supporting a state-banned Islamist group, the UAE state news agency WAM reported.

“Mahmoud Abdul Rahman Al Jidah, Qatari, received a jail term of seven years, to be followed by deportation,” according to WAM.

He “was accused of cooperating and participating with the banned clandestine organization,” which according to WAM sought “overthrowing the government and seizing political power.”

“The suspect's charges included communicating and aiding local and international leaders of the banned organization financially and through moral support,” WAM said.

He also accused of “mediating between disputing leading figures of the organization, receiving funds and transferring the funds to members of the banned organization who remain at large.”

The UAE news agency said two Emirati nationals were also sentenced to five years in jail.

“Abdul Wahid Hassan Al Badi Al Shehhi and Saeed Abdullah Al Buraimi, both Emiratis, were handed down five years jail term each,” according to WAM.

The Federal Supreme Court also ordered the confiscation of AED150, 000 ($40,000) and other equipment seized from the house of al-Buraimi, according to WAM.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42