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United Arab Emirates: Adjournment of Blogger Ahmed Mansour's Tria

”Poor Arab and Emirati intellectuals and thinkers!” bewails Ahmed Al Mouhareb [ar] while reporting on his Twitter account the deferment the trial of the blogger and activist Ahmed Mansour and of four of his companions until September 26 [en]. Arrested in the beginning of April 2011, after having signed a petition calling for democratic reforms, Ahmed Mansour is accused of threatening state security, undermining public order and insulting the president, the vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi [fr]. This trial has poor echo among medias or public opinion in UAE or elsewhere, however, Hassan Al Ibrahim tweets that ”70 Arab academics announced their support for the detained and specified Ahmed Mansour” [en and ar].

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