Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, has chaired the first meeting of the Supreme Council of the Military Judiciary, in the presence of the President of the Executive Administration of the Military Judiciary, the President of the Supreme Council of the Military Judiciary and the Council’s members.
Al Bowardi said that the decision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to issue Federal Decree-Law No. (9) of 2020 regarding the Armed Forces, of which Article 23 stipulates the formation of the Supreme Council of the Military Judiciary, was to “ensure the independence of military judges and members of the military prosecution,” Emirates news agency WAM reported.
Al Bowardi affirmed that “the commitment to the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, affirms the need to adhere to the independence of the judiciary as a constitutional principle related to creating justice, protecting freedoms and rights, and continuing the comprehensive reforms in the country.”
“Justice is the basis of rule, and judges are subject to no authority other than the rule of law and their conscience,” he stressed.
“The Ministry of Defense will enter a new and important phase in the military judiciary process to achieve a qualitative leap in providing judicial services through an integrated and developed system. That will be in line with the development process witnessed by the UAE in general and the military justice system in particular,” Al Bowardi added.
“Reorganizing the military judiciary with the formation of the Supreme Council of the Military Judiciary will meet the rapid developments in the UAE and enhance its competitiveness; it is aligned with the aspirations of the wise leadership to reach global levels in government work,” he noted.
Al Bowardi commended the Ministry of Justice for its support and cooperation, and wished the council members and members of the UAE judiciary success in performing their duties and serving the UAE.
In another development, a delegation from the UAE Ministry of Defense, took part in the 10th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Machinery (MILEX 2021), which took place on 23-26 June in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
The delegation, headed by Major General Abdul Rahman Sabt Mubarak Al Marri, Assistant Chief of Staff for Joint Capabilities at the Ministry, attended the exhibition’s opening by Roman Golovchenko, Prime Minister of Belarus.
The delegation members toured the various national and company pavilions and stands, showcasing the latest technology in defense and security industry.
Major General Al Marri met at the exhibition’s sidelines with Dmitry Pantus, Chairman of the State Authority for Military Industry of Belarus, and discussed with him ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in defense industries and other areas of common interest.
The delegation members met with a number of CEOs of Belarusian companies taking part in MILEX 2021.