Ahmed Mansoor, one of the five political activists pardoned by the United Arab Emirates, speaks to Reuters in Dubai November 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro/File Photo)
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An Emirati court has sentenced an award-winning human rights activist to 10 years in prison for insulting the "status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols", pro-government media reported Thursday.The Abu Dhabi court also imposed a fine of one million dirhams ($275,000 or 235,000 euros) and ordered Ahmed Mansoor be placed under surveillance for three years after his release, The National and Gulf News reported.Mansoor was cleared of conspiring with a "terrorist organisation".His court-appointed lawyer Tariq al-Shamsi had told an earlier hearing that Mansoor should be cleared of all charges.
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