Ahmed Mansour (UAE)
The UAE Five
The United Arab Emirates Five are five activists who were arrested on April 2011 on charges of breaking United Arab Emirates law of defamation by insulting head of states, namely UAE president Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, vice president Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan through running an anti-government website that express anti-government views and slandered the head of states.
The five arrested activists were:
Nasser bin Ghaith; an Emirati economist and lecturer at the Abu Dhabi branch of the Paris-Sorbonne University.
Ahmed Mansoor; an Emirati engineer, a blogger and a human rights activist.
Fahad Salim Dalk; an Emirati online activist.
Hassan Ali al-Khamis; an Emirati online activist .
Ahmed Abdul Khaleq; a bedoon online activist.On 27 November 2011, bin Ghaith, Dalk, al-Khamis, and Khaleq were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, and Mansoor to three years of imprisonment for being the main architect and mastermind of the website. However, the following day, the five received a presidential pardon from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and were released.
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