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UAE pardons activists sentences for insulting leaders

The UAE president has pardoned five activists on Monday (Nov 28) who were convicted a day earlier for insulting leaders of the UAE and who had been on hunger strike for two weeks, a relative of one of the five said, according to a Reuters report.

November 28, 2011 2:23 by



The UAE president has pardoned five activists on Monday (Nov 28) who were convicted a day earlier for insulting leaders of the UAE and who had been on hunger strike for two weeks, a relative of one of the five said, according to a Reuters report.
The five were arrested in April for urging public protest and disrupting public order, and had been on trial since June. Their sentences were up to three years in prison.

“We expect them to come out tonight or tomorrow,” a relative of Nasser bin Ghaith, one of the five activists, told Reuters.

Ahmed Mansoor, a communications engineer, was accused of running a website that gave bin Ghaith and three other defendants a venue to express anti-government views. (Reporting by Mahmoud Habboush; Editing by Louise Ireland)



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