UAE to set up rehabilitation centers for ‘terror convicts’

Mandated by Article 68 of the recently enacted anti-terror law, these centers will rehabilitate those ‘misled’ into joining terrorist groups

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The United Arab Emirates will establish centers to help “rehabilitate” persons “lured” towards international terrorist organizations, Al Khaleej Times reported.

Mandated by Article 68 of the recently enacted anti-terror law, these centers will employ social workers, preachers and psychiatrists to help counsel and rehabilitate those “misled” into joining international terrorist groups.

“Convicts of terror cases will be sent to these centers after or while serving their jail sentences,” Sultan Juma al-Shamsi, Rapporteur of the Legislative and Legal Committee at the Federal National Council, told Al Khaleej Times.

“Precautionary measures” will be taken against those in the centers who will have been admitted based on “final judicial judgments,” he said.

The rehabilitation centers, which will be set up depending on the need of each of the UAE’s seven emirates, aim to protect “homeland’s citizens, restore them and help them get rid of any poisonous views and malicious thoughts,” al-Shamsi explained.

Under the anti-terror law, those found to have been trained by terrorist groups will be punished, in addition to those who facilitate training.

The UAE's anti-terror law allows for the death sentence, life imprisonment, and fines up to $27 million for those found guilty of terror-related crimes.

Citizens and residents “found in possession of audio-video instruments of any kind that may promote violence,” will also be punished by the anti-terror law.

“If people are found in possession of unconventional weapons like biological, radioactive or chemical ones, the penalty will be more stringent,” al-Shamsi said.

The UAE joins neighboring Saudi Arabia in establishing these centers, where in 2013, more than 3,000 Saudis completed intensive program offered at centeres focusing on clarifying political and historical events to its patients in relation to Shariah law.

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