News / Middle East

UAE Tries 94 for Alleged Coup Plot

Justice monument in front of a mosque in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2012.
Justice monument in front of a mosque in Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, May 3, 2012.
Phillip Walter Wellman
Ninety-four people in Abu Dhabi went on trial Monday, charged with plotting to overthrow the government of the United Arab Emirates.
 
Rights groups, who, along with international media, were prohibited from entering the court, are voicing concern over the fairness of the proceedings, pointing to a number of alleged irregularities.
 
UAE authorities allege the suspects, including two prominent human rights lawyers, doctors, academics and student leaders who were arrested over the last year, formed a secret network with links to the Muslim Brotherhood that aimed to carry out a coup and transform the Gulf state’s relatively liberal society into a strict Islamist regime.
 
Most of the defendants are believed to be part of the local Islamist group al-Islah, which advocates a greater political voice for Emirati citizens.
 
According to rights groups, many of the accused, both men and women, have been denied due process, and some have already been imprisoned for nearly a year.
 
Rori Donaghy of the Britain-based Emirates Center for Human Rights says there is strong evidence that many defendants were subjected to torture, a charge UAE officials deny.
 
"We are absolutely certain that the prisoners have suffered from severe maltreatment while in custody," he said.
 
After the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, the UAE sentenced five dissidents to prison after they campaigned for a more representative government. They were later pardoned by the president.
 
Theodore Karasik, the director of research at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, says the UAE remains wary of regional unrest spreading to its shores.
 
"What’s important to understand is that the regional environment is creating hostile forces to many different countries in the region, and if the UAE authorities are seeing that there is any kind of sympathy for hostile forces, they’re going to act against them," he said.
 
The UAE is a strong American ally in the Persian Gulf. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit the capital, Abu Dhabi, this week as part of his first foreign tour as America's top diplomat.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Horsesforcourses from: dubai
March 05, 2013 4:13 PM
Quit taxing Emaratis to Muslim Brotherhood whenever the State Security Department run outta intelligence. They ain’t dumb to dole UAE to idiots. Rigged failing UAE Cradle-to-Grave politics and created Unprivileged Debt-Laden Emiratis who prefer trouble to prosperity. UAE stands no chance to face Unprivileged Debt-Laden Emiratis who have nothing to lose. Prison is the birth place of good as Joseph PBUH and evil as Stalin. Since Joseph is dead! Then you’re left Stalin. Who would you choose? Dangerous! KABOOOM! They must ban pot in Supreme Courts also. 10 Uncaptured Emiratis Vigilantes still at-large dogged to overthrow UAE Government. You must be kidding? Their 94 illegal organization members are busted trying and convicted for high treason & 'coup plotters' including 13 women. Have you lost your minds? This is weird. Democracy ain’t child-play for either the Present UAE regime or the Uncaptured Emiratis Vigilantes. It’s a big sacrifice man must take once for good either kapeeesh or kabooom or both. ILLEGAL ORGANIZATION is very foolish description for unlicensed politics – it’s a field-day for SPOILERS not to mention standby Human Right Goons & Amateur Activists to earn their living outta fiddling in UAE internal affairs. I didn’t expect that "The State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court is so dumb to allow those Vigilantes grow as zeitgeist urban legends abroad in absentia. Unless it is in present regime interest to groom such vigilantes behind bar & the uncaptured ten as licensed activist who will do what they are told to democratize UAE if they have to. It will be smart of The State Security Department of the Federal Supreme Court to let 94 illegal organization members busted go home and forget about everything. Don’t lead wolves home. Focus on what’s coming not what’s going? Arabspring is Tsunami not a summer fog that its fugitive’s loots are boosting UAE economy as we speak. It’s a curse if ain’t tamed now.

by: mohammed from: UAE
March 04, 2013 11:10 PM
it is Arabian gulf not Persian gulf

by: Muhamad from: Saudi Arabia
March 04, 2013 3:42 PM
unfortunately, the naive people of the world think that a confrontation with Iran can be avoided... but, undermining the stability of Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria... in an attempt to establish Shia domination over them is the vow the Iranian Ayatollahs swore before their satanic idols...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More