UAE jails Emi­ratis up to 10 yrs for Is­lamist links

Kuwait Times - - NEWS -

ABU DHABI:

A UAE court yes­ter­day jailed two Emi­ratis up to 10 years for their links to a “ter­ror­ist” or­ga­ni­za­tion seen as a branch of the banned Mus­lim Brother­hood, me­dia said. The first de­fen­dant was handed a 10-year jail term af­ter he was con­victed of play­ing a “lead­ing role” in a “banned se­cret group”, the of­fi­cial WAM news agency re­ported. The lo­cal Gulf News daily said in its on­line edi­tion that he was found guilty of join­ing the out­lawed AlIs­lah group, which author­i­ties ac­cuse of ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at over­throw­ing the gov­ern­ment and seiz­ing power. He will re­main un­der sur­veil­lance for three years af­ter serv­ing his prison term, both sources said.

The same Abu Dhabi-based Fed­eral Supreme Court sen­tenced an­other Emi­rati to seven years in prison af­ter it con­victed him of join­ing the same or­ga­ni­za­tion, run­ning one of its of­fices in the Gulf coun­try, and pro­mot­ing its ide­ol­ogy, the sources said. The United Arab Emi­rates in 2013 sen­tenced 69 ac­tivists to up to 15 years each in jail fol­low­ing a mass trial that saw them con­victed for their links to Al-Is­lah. The trial was the largest in the his­tory of the UAE, where author­i­ties have cracked down on dis­sent and calls for demo­cratic re­form in the af­ter­math of the Arab Spring up­ris­ings that swept other coun­tries.

Also yes­ter­day, the same court sen­tenced a cit­i­zen from Co­moros Is­lands to three years in jail af­ter he was found guilty of pro­mot­ing the Is­lamic State group, the Gulf News said. The man drew slo­gans and sym­bols on pub­lic law pro­mot­ing the ji­hadist group as well as “slan­der­ous and de­grad­ing phrases about state of­fi­cials”, it added. The United Arab Emi­rates is a mem­ber of the USled coali­tion that has been bomb­ing IS ji­hadists in Iraq and Syria since Sept 2014. Author­i­ties in the Gulf state have en­acted anti-ter­ror leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing the death penalty and harsher jail terms for crimes linked to re­li­gious ha­tred and ex­trem­ist groups. — AFP

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