UAE jails Filipino for 10 years for joining Islamic State-media

July 26, 2019 - 8:35 AM
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Camels walk on the beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai
Camels walk on the beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 17, 2019. Picture taken July 17, 2019. (Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed)

DUBAI — A man from the Philippines has been sentenced to 10  years in jail in the United Arab Emirates for being a member of Islamic State and promoting its ideology on social media, Emirati media reported on Thursday.

State news agency WAM identified the defendant as a 35-year-old Asian man and said he was also fined 2 million dirhams ($544,543) by the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal and will be deported after serving his sentence.

UAE newspapers The National and Gulf News said the man was a Filipino domestic worker. The National quoted his lawyer as telling the court that the man lacked the technical skills to operate the supposed social media accounts.

Reuters could not immediately reach the Philippines Embassy or the lawyer for comment.

The U.S.-allied UAE last year passed a law to combat terrorism financing and in 2014 passed an anti-terrorism law. ($1 = 3.6728 UAE dirham)—Reporting by Alexander Cornwell Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky