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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.
The government sentenced more than 65 suspects of a group called UAE94 that is accused of plotting a coup to prison terms ranging from seven to 15 years. The defendants were said to be members of the Al Islah Society, an Islamist group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Among those sentenced was the leader of Islah, Sultan Qassimi, whose son said that his father "is in contact with symbols of Islamist movements worldwide."