Omani student detained in the UAE amidst geo-political tensions

Omani student detained in the UAE amidst geo-political tensions

On August 18, 2018, Abdullah Awad Salim Al Shamsi, an Omani student attending high school in the United Arab Emirates, was arrested and subsequently held in secret detention. Since his arrest, Al Shamsi has been subjected to severe torture.
Al Shamsi’s trial has not yet begun and it is unclear whether or not he has been formally charged.
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November 12, 2019: MENA Rights Group submits a request for opinion to the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).
Early February 2019: Al Shamsi is transferred from a secret detention facility to Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi.
August 19, 2018: Al Shamsi’s disappearance is reported to police who allege that they are unaware of his whereabouts.
August 18, 2018: Al Shamsi is arrested by state security forces whilst returning home at approximately 11 a.m.

At 11 a.m. on August 18, 2018, Abdullah Awad Salim Al Shamsi, an Omani student attending high school in the United Arab Emirates, was arrested by state security forces without a warrant. Al Shamsi was subsequently held incommunicado in a secret detention facility for over six months, before being transferred to Al Wathba prison, Abu Dhabi.

During Al Shamsi’s incommunicado detention, he was held in a room with no windows and subjected to torture in order to extract a confession to espionage on behalf of Qatar. It is believed that under the duress of torture, Al Shamsi made confessions which incriminate himself and his uncle, who was arrested one month after Al Shamsi.

Since his transfer to Al Wathba prison, Al Shamsi has been able to receive weekly visits from his parents. However, Al Shamsi has not been able to meet with his lawyer, nor receive consular assistance from the Omani embassy. It is believed that, despite over one year in detention, Al Shamsi is yet to be formally charged and has not yet been referred to trial. Al Shamsi remains detained at Al Wathba prison.