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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.
Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah, a Qatari doctor, was sentenced to seven years in prison for supporting the banned Islamic religious group al-Islah, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Activist groups and his family claimed his confessions were obtained after torture. Two Emiratis were also sentenced for the same offenses.
The UAE summoned Qatari ambassador Fares al Nuaimi, in an "unprecedented measure," to protest against the remarks of Qatar-based Egyptian cleric Yusef al Qaradawi, who last month accused the UAE of "standing against Islamist regimes, punishing its leaders and putting them in jail." Qatar's foreign minister had said yesterday that Qaradawi's remarks "do not reflect Qatari foreign policy," but the UAE found the disavowal insufficient.
Trial began in Abu Dhabi for 20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis accused of trying to establish a UAE branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Prosecutors allege that a number of the defendants are members of al Isla, an Emirati group said to be a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The defendants deny the charges against them and claim to have been tortured while in detention.