Rights group Amnesty says Emirati professor sentenced to 10 years

Rights group Amnesty International said a court in the United Arab Emirates had sentenced a dissident professor to 10 years in prison for online activism on Wednesday.

State news agency WAM reported that an appeals court in the capital Abu Dhabi had sentenced an Emirati national, referred to only by the initials N.A.G., for social media activity.

It quoted the court as saying the sentence was for “communicating with secret organisations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood,

by creating accounts on social media and publishing photos and articles that are offensive to the state’s symbols and values, its internal and foreign policies and its relations with an Arab state”.

Amnesty International identified the sentenced man as prominent dissident Nasser bin Ghaith.

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It was not immediately clear which posts by bin Ghaith, who frequently posted on his Twitter account before his arrest in August 2015, had led to his conviction.