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Jordan extradites dissident to UAE, alarming rights groups

The move outraged rights groups that expressed concerns about human rights violations Khalaf Abdul Rahman Humaid al-Rumaithi is likely to face upon his return to the UAE.
Khalaf Abdul Rahman al-Romaithi was arrested by Jordanian authorities on May 7, 2023.

Jordanian authorities handed over to the United Arab Emirates an Emirati man convicted of terrorism charges, the Gulf country’s state news agency, WAM, announced on Wednesday.

Khalaf Abdul Rahman Humaid al-Rumaithi, who also holds Turkish citizenship, was sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison in 2013 on charges of "establishing a secret organization affiliated with the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood that aims to oppose the foundational principles of the UAE government,” according to WAM.

Rumaithi was extradited to the UAE after an arrest warrant was issued for him in accordance with the bilateral agreements on legal and judicial cooperation of the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council, which is in charge of prosecuting wanted persons fleeing criminal justice in Arab countries, WAM added.

Jordan has not yet commented on the news.

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