UAE rejects Egypt call to free Brotherhood detainees

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But at a meeting in Dubai on Wednesday, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum told top Mursi adviser Essam el-Haddad and intelligence chief Mohammed Shahata that releasing the 11 without trial “is not possible,” Gulf News reported.

“We have a strong court system and justice will take its course,” the paper said the Egyptian delegation was told.

In the Saudi capital Riyadh, visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said on Saturday in reference to the case that Cairo does not interfere in the affairs of others.

“Egypt does not interfere in any way in the domestic affairs of other nations,” he said at a news conference after being asked about the case.

“What is happening in Egypt is an internal affair that concerns only the Egyptian people. We have no interest in exporting what is taking place in Egypt to another country.”

The 11 Egyptians arrested last month stand accused of leading an expatriate Brotherhood cell in the UAE that collected sensitive information and had links to Emirati nationals in custody on suspicion of plotting against national security.

But Brotherhood spokesman Mahmud Ghozlan told AFP in Cairo that the arrests were part of an “unjust campaign” against his compatriots, most of whom are doctors or engineers.

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