UAE hands down jail terms for links to Islamist groups

Dubai skyline (Photo: Shutterstock)

An Arab citizen was jailed for five years by the United Arab Emirates Monday for having ties to Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, the official WAM news agency reported.

It said the man, whose nationality was not given, will be deported after serving his sentence.

Another four people – “of Arab, American and European nationality” - were each given one year “for not informing the authorities about the activities” of the first man, WAM said.

A sixth man in the same case was given a three-month prison term for illegal possession of a firearm. The same Federal High Court also delivered its verdict in a case relating to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Fifteen Yemenis and four Emiratis were convicted of “forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell and collecting financial contributions” for the organization, which is banned in the UAE, the news agency said.

Without giving details, it said the maximum sentence given was three years in prison, but added that some defendants had been acquitted.

Trials in the UAE’s Federal High Court are not open to the foreign media.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48