UAE court jails Lebanese ‘Hezbollah’ trio

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An Emirati court sentenced on Monday three Lebanese, including a Canadian dual national, to six months in prison for forming a local affiliate of Iran-backed Hezbollah, local media said.

The supreme federal court convicted the trio of “forming a group for the terrorist Hezbollah (movement) in the country,” Ittihad daily reported, adding that they will be deported after serving their sentences.

They “were found guilty of setting up an office of the militant group in the UAE and carrying out commercial, economic and political activities without licences,” the daily Gulf News reported.

It named the men as Canadian-Lebanese Suhail Naif Gareeb, 62, and Lebanese nationals Asaad Ameen Qansouh, 66, and Ahmed Ebrahim Qansouh, 30. Their trial opened in early February.

The Arab League last month declared the Shiite movement a “terrorist” group, after Gulf monarchies took similar steps over the movement's backing for the Syrian regime.

Hezbollah is fighting in Syria in support of the government of Bashar al-Assad against opponents including Gulf-backed rebels.

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