Yesterday, the Abu Dhabi Misdemeanor Court began hearing 19 cases of insult and defamation through social media, held by religious preacher Wassim Youssef, against citizens and residents, while the session witnessed 21 lawyers recruiting to defend the accused, and the court decided to postpone 16 cases to plead next Thursday, while I booked Three cases of judgment in the next Sunday's session for the defendants not to attend.
The session witnessed a large turnout from lawyers to announce their solidarity with the accused and their desire to volunteer to defend them, and described the case as freedom of expression that came in response to the complainant’s statements against Sahih Al-Bukhari.
During the session, each defendant acknowledged before the court’s body that he agreed to appoint the 21 attorneys to defend him. To plead in the January 23 session, and booked three cases for judgment next Sunday to absent the accused from appearing.
It is worth noting that religious preacher Waseem Yusef was attacked on social media sites for months because of his talk about "Sahih Al-Bukhari", and Yusuf said in a tweet last June through his official page on "Twitter" that 163 accounts on "Twitter" will be referred to the prosecution. Public, noting that he worked to collect tweets that were issued from these accounts.
- Every accused has admitted before the court that he agreed to appoint the 21 lawyers to defend him.