World Bulletin/News Desk
A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday sentenced three people – two locals and a Qatari national – to prison for raising funds for a "secret outlawed group," local media said, in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Federal Supreme Court, verdicts of which cannot be appealed, sentenced two UAE citizens, Abdel-Wahed al-Badi and Said Abdullah, to five years each in prison, while acquitting a third, Taher al-Tamimi.
A Qatari national, identified as Mahmoud al-Jaida, meanwhile, was slapped with a seven-year jail term. Under the court ruling, he will be deported after serving out his sentence.
The defendants were convicted of morally and financially supporting a "secret, outlawed group" – a term commonly used by UAE authorities to refer to the Muslim Brotherhood.
In January, 30 UAE citizens and Egyptian nationals were sentenced to jail terms ranging from three months to five years each for forming an illegal branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the emirates.
According to judicial sources, the verdicts delivered by the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi against the defendants – 20 Egyptians and ten Emiratis – are final and cannot be appealed.
Defendants were also fined $830 each.
The ruling stipulates that the Egyptian convicts, six of whom were tried in absentia, should be deported from the country after serving out their sentences.
The men were charged with establishing an "illegal branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE and stealing confidential documents from the security services."
The defendants denied all the charges against them, saying they had been tortured in detention.
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