The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeal Court on Monday adjourned until February 25, the hearing of an appeal case filed by the convicts, who were sentenced to the life imprisonment and deportation over hijacking the ship ‘MV Arrilah’ in April last year.
Defence lawyer Nashwa Al Qubaisi, appointed by the Ministry of Justice, to defend the convicts, requested the court to defer hearing to allow her study the case and file the pleadings in the next court session, as well as to visit the convicts.
The court had ordered the confiscation of all arms and ammunition used in hijacking of the ship east of Oman, en route from Australia to Jebel Ali on April 1 last year.
Article 4 of the UAE's penal code stipulates the appointment of a lawyer paid by the state to defend suspects who cannot afford the fees.
The ship was freed in a joint operation by the UAE's Anti-Terrorist Special Forces with the US Fifth Fleet.
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