UAE court convicts 53 in terrorist organisation case


The Abu Dhabi Federal Appeals Court has convicted 53 defendants linked to the 'Justice and Dignity Committee' terrorist organisation.

Forty-three of them were sentenced to life in prison and five were handed 15-year jail terms, while five others were sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined AED 10 million.

The court also imposed a fine of AED 20 million each on six companies that were convicted of money laundering to support a terrorist organisation. These firms have been ordered to close and all their assets will be confiscated.

Meanwhile, the criminal charges against 24 defendants were dropped and one was acquitted.

The court verified that the defendants are part of the 'Reform Call' organisation (Muslim Brotherhood), who "worked to create and replicate violent events in the country, similar to what occurred in other Arab states, including protests and clashes with security forces, as well as the consequent spread of panic and terror among people".

The latest verdict can be appealed before the UAE's Federal Supreme Court.


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