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28-11-2011 - Reuters/ by Mahmoud Habboush

UAE pardons activists sentenced for insulting leaders

The United Arab Emirates president pardoned five activists on Monday who were convicted a day earlier for insulting leaders of the United Arab Emirates and who had been on hunger strike for two weeks, a relative of one of the five said.


The five were arrested in April for urging public protest and disrupting public order, and had been on trial since June. Their sentences were up to three years in prison.


"We expect them to come out tonight or tomorrow," a relative of Nasser bin Ghaith, one of the five activists, told Reuters.


Ahmed Mansoor, a communications engineer, was accused of running a website that gave bin Ghaith and three other defendants a venue to express anti-government views.


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