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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.

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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...

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