Qatar plotted to destabilize the UAE, ex-Muslim Brotherhood member confesses

Arfad Al Janabi
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The Muslim Brotherhood's secret organization in the UAE plotted to destabilize Abu Dhabi with the help of Qatar, a former leading member of the group has confessed.

Three years after the UAE government issued a ruling against members of the so-called secret organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, which planned and undermined state security and stability, Abdulrahman bin Subaih Khalifa Al Suwaidi revealed to Abu Dhabi Television Channel that the Qatari government sponsored and supported all the activities of the organization, worked on developing its tools and provided its members with passports, residency and money to do so.

Suwaidi, currently serving a 15-year jail term for being one of the leader of the banned extremist group, noted that the Qatari media provided courses for members of the organization on how to spread chaos in the country through social media and revealed that Arab and Qatari personalities were hired to train members of the organization.

“They gave us a five-day course on how to use social media to advertise for demonstrations,” Suwaidi said.

Online mobilization against the state was part of the secret organization's plans as well as its supporters in order to replicate the experience that Qatar supported in other countries during the so-called Arab Spring.

Suwaidi said that “Qatar believes that it is only a matter of time before it would bring people into the streets as it did in other countries”.

Suwaidi’s confession confirms the findings of the inspection that followed the dismantling of the organization. The investigation disclosed that members of the Muslim Brotherhood and their parallel organizations were in touch, not only at the international and regional level, but also at within the Gulf, to gain financial, consultative and media support.

He said that Qatar funds the Gulf Coordination Office of the Muslim Brotherhood based in Iran, and that he had previously met with the office’s head named Abu Yahya Abdul Rahman Al-Birani who currently resides in Tehran.

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