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Federal Supreme Court hears pleading of public prosecutor in Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood

posted on 03/05/2016

The State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court yesterday heard the pleading of the prosecutors in the case of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE in which 15 Yemenis and four Emiratis were accused of establishing a branch of the group in the UAE.

The public prosecutor addressed the court for more than an hour explaining charges against each one of the accused, demanding to the court that it hand down the most severe punishment to them.

The first to 13th defendants faced counts of raising funds and donations without obtaining permission from the competent authority while the 16th to 19th defendants were charged with joining an illegitimate, secret organisation in the UAE which works against the basic principles of the governance in the state with the aim of seizing the power. Defendants 14th to 19th – with the exception of the 15th – were accused of learning about the crime but failing to inform the authorities concerned.

The court looked into the case of three Arab nationals who were accused of supplying two terrorist organisations, Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham, with communications equipment and funds to fulfil their objectives. The court was adjourned to 30th May.

In another case, the judge decided to postpone to 16th May the hearings in the case of a US woman whom the public prosecutor accused of uttering obscene words in a public place.

The judge, at the request of the defendant's lawyer, referred her to the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City to check her psychological condition.

The hearings were attended by representatives of the media and civil society organisations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohamed bin Zayed receives winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award

posted on 03/05/2016

Culture has been and will remain the key benchmark for the development and progress of nations, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirmed while receiving winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) 2016 at Al Bahr Palace yesterday.

'We, in the UAE, consider science and culture an integral part of our cultural legacy, development process and building of both human being and an open mind with a confident identity that does not compromise values, originality and heritage,' HH Sheikh Mohamed said.

HH congratulated the winners of the 10th edition of the award, namely the Lebanese-born French novelist, Amin Maalouf, winner of the Cultural Personality of the Year.

He appreciated the role being played by intellectual, literary and cultural personalities for instilling the values of science and knowledge in the community through their intellectual and creative works to which they deserve recognition.

HH also thanked guests at the fair, particularly Italian writers, who represented Italy as the guests of honour in this year's cycle of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF). Their participation, HH noted, had allowed Arab readers to learn about the rich cultural and creative work of a country that the UAE has strong bonds of friendship with.

'The ADIBF and the SZBA, along with other cultural events in the country, underscore the recognition of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of the true value both science and knowledge to the community and their vital role in developing the human being and building the future through the development of thought and heightening of awareness so as to cope with transformations and address challenges,' HH said, noting the President's initiative to make 2016 a Year for Reading.

The winners were accompanied by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, the Award's Secretary-General, a delegation from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), a number of key intellectual, literary and media figures participating in the 26th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, fair organisers, officials from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), as well as a group of Emirati writers.

The winners of the award expressed their delight at visiting the UAE, which they said is celebrating the Year of Reading as a landmark to encourage reading and hone literary skills of members of the community with more knowledge - the main driving force for development and cultural and human progress.

They paid tributes to the UAE leadership for encouraging intellects and writers to produce more works. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Acting Director-General of NMC visits Qatar Foundation for Media

posted on 03/05/2016

DOHA: Mansour Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of the National Media Council (NMC), yesterday visited the Qatar Foundation for Media.

During the meeting, Al Mansouri and Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Foundation for Media, discussed the media relations between the two sisterly countries, and ways of developing them.

The two sides stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and benefiting from the mutual experiences. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Team Abu Dhabi 35 seals class S2 victory and third overall in 24 hours of Rouen Endurance Race

posted on 03/05/2016

ROUEN, FRANCE: The Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, ADIMSC, enjoyed a superb weekend of endurance racing on their debut at the punishing 24 Hours of Rouen in northern France. The team entered two DAC boats in the world famous race, and the Team Abu Dhabi 35 quartet of Alex Carella, Thani Al-Qamzi, Majed Al-Mansoori and Tullio Abbate, finished first in the S2 class and third overall in their DAC, after completing 792 laps of the 3.8km course on the River Seine.

"This was an amazing experience for me and the entire team," said Thani Al-Qamzi. "It's hard to put into words the experience of running at speeds for very long periods where you have to keep maximum concentration to avoid making any mistakes."

The overall race victory and the S1 class win fell to the double UIM F1 H20 World Champion: Philippe Chiappe and his fellow French crew of Peter and Nelson Morin and Rodolphe Avenel in the F1 CTIC China Team Moore entry. They hit the front towards the end of the first session on Saturday evening, after Team Abu Dhabi 35 suffered mechanical issues, and held the lead to the finish. Team Abu Dhabi 35 also suffered a propeller failure in the final hour that dropped them behind the French Team, Cegelec SDEM ITM, and into third in the overall standings. But the S2 class win was secured by an impressive 37-lap margin.

"What an amazing weekend's racing," said Carella. "The class win for Team Abu Dhabi after a long difficult race, where we overcame our fair share of problems and survived that late scare at the end."

"This race was an amazing experience for our entire team and a superb opportunity for everyone to bond together and work alongside one another over a long period of time in a high pressure environment," Salem Al-Romaithi, Assistant General Manager of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. "It was an incredible test of endurance for the drivers, the equipment and every member of the team."

Mohammed Al-Mehairbi, Rashid Al-Qamzi, Italy's Alberto Comparato and Rashid Al-Tayer crewed the second Team Abu Dhabi 36 boat, and lost time in the first four hours of the race after running inside the top six from the start. They climbed back into contention during Saturday afternoon, but a crash late on Saturday evening for Comparato damaged the boat and forced them into retirement.

Team Abu Dhabi is sponsored by Etihad Airways and runs under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –