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Trial began for 11 of 15 suspects accused of supporting al Qaeda-linked groups, namely the Al Nusrah Front and the Ahrar al Sham; nine of the suspects are Emiratis, two are Syrians, and four are from the Comoros Islands. The Emiratis are accused of joining the two groups; five suspects are accused of other terrorism-related crimes. The other four suspects were not in court.
A court handed jail sentences to seven men arrested last year on suspicion of supporting the Al Nusrah Front in Syria and forming a terrorist cell in the UAE; six received seven-year terms, and the other, who was in absentia, was given a life sentence. Two other men arrested at the same time, both Arabs and not Emirati citizens, were acquitted. The UAE is dispatching an aid convoy to Pakistan's Bannu district to assist those displaced by fighting in Waziristan.
Trial was adjourned in the case of nine suspected Al Nusrah Front members accused of participating in al Qaeda-linked activities. The cell, which includes five Tunisians, two Palestinians, a Jordanian, and a Lebanese, is suspected of plotting attacks in UAE, supporting and recruiting for Al Nusrah, and running the jihadist website Sinam al-Islam.
Trial opened in the case of nine suspected al Qaeda members who are accused of forming, recruiting, and financing an al Qaeda cell; planning attacks; and trying "to extend their activities to other countries in the region." Most of the nine suspects, who are all Arab nationals, are from North Africa; one is being tried in absentia.