Filipino expat in UAE jailed for 10 years, fined Dhs2m for joining ISIL

A man from the Philippines has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the United Arab Emirates for being a member of ISIL 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 Dhs2m ($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 Nationalquoted 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.


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