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Questions as prominent UAE dissident dies in London car crash

The London-based Emirati academic and dissident Ahmed Al-Shaiba Al-Nuaimi said that Al-Siddiq died in a car crash, without revealing further details.

Gulf rights activists announced the death of prominent Emirati dissident Alaa Al-Siddiq in a car crash in Britain, where she resides, amid questions whether the accident was deliberate.

The news was confirmed by members of her family and Emirati oppositionists.

The London-based Emirati academic and dissident Ahmed Al-Shaiba Al-Nuaimi said that Al-Siddiq died in a car crash, without revealing further details.

Al-Nuaimi added: "For those who ask about the cause of death, she (May Allah rest her soul) died in a car accident."

The news was confirmed by researcher and writer Ibrahim Al-Haram, who is also known for opposing the regime in Abu Dhabi.

A number of writers and activists put forward hypotheses related to the accident and whether the Abu Dhabi authorities were involved in plotting Al-Siddiq's death.

Alaa Al-Siddiq is an Emirati citizen who was forced into exile as a result of her human rights activism. She first moved to Qatar and later onto London where her husband resided. She continued her work to highlight rights abuses by authorities in the UAE and call for the release of her father.

She headed the ALQST organisation and had her Emirati citizenship revoked.

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