An Australian man has been sentenced to 5 years within the infamous United Arab Emirates jail system after being discovered responsible of spying.
Naim Aziz Abbas was arrested in Dubai in October 2017, accused of passing on secrets and techniques to Qatar, and has been held within the Al Wathba jail facility exterior Abu Dhabi.
Kinfolk of the previous Sydney prepare driver say a UAE court docket has now handed the 65-year-old a five-year jail time period and fined him the equal of just about $2,000.
“It is a full injustice” Mr Abbas’ brother Adil advised the ABC shortly after receiving information of the sentence from his sibling’s defence lawyer within the UAE.
“[We] want our Authorities to intervene … he’s harmless.”
Final month the Iraqi-born Australian citizen made an emotional plea direct to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to assist free him from jail.
“Please, please as a result of I’ve been accused of one thing I’ve not performed, there isn’t any proof in any respect, there isn’t any witnesses in any respect,” Mr Abbas stated in a recording obtained by the ABC.
“I want the Prime Minister, the Minister of International Affairs to do the whole lot attainable to save lots of me from this case.” Mr Abbas’s case is taken into account significantly delicate given political and army tensions between the UAE and Qatar have intensified over the previous yr, with the UAE persevering with to accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism.
The Division of International Affairs is but to reply to Mr Abbas’s sentencing, however in November a spokesman advised the ABC consular officers have been offering help to Naim Aziz Abbas, together with liaising together with his household in Australia.