Se­cu­rity court told of plot to bomb TV sta­tions

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A man has gone on trial ac­cused of try­ing to kill an ex­pat and plot­ting to bomb TV sta­tions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Fed­eral Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi was told that the 29-year old Emi­rati tried to kill an Amer­i­can by re­peat­edly run­ning him over with his ve­hi­cle in the Al Bahia area of the cap­i­tal. The court is yet to be told the rea­son be­hind the at­tack, but said he tar­geted the vic­tim as he jogged out­side. The Amer­i­can was se­ri­ously in­jured, but sur­vived, Judge Mo­hammed Al Jarah was told. Pros­e­cu­tors claim the de­fen­dant joined the Al Nusra Front in Syria over the in­ter­net. They said he vis­ited web­sites linked to the group. A prose­cu­tor said: “He went to Turkey to meet mem­bers of the group but he couldn’t en­ter Syria, so he re­turned to UAE to carry out ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties in­side the coun­try.” He was also charged with es­tab­lish­ing ac­counts on so­cial me­dia sites to pro­mote for ter­ror groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda and Al Nusra Front. The de­fen­dant de­nied all the charges and his de­fence lawyer Ali Al Abadi, asked for more time to ex­am­ine the case. The case is due to con­tinue on Oc­to­ber 3.

‘He re­turned to the UAE to carry out ter­ror ac­tiv­i­ties’ – State se­cu­rity court prose­cu­tor

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