UAE Muslim Brotherhood group to stand trial next month
Thirty suspects will be tried in the UAE next month for their alleged setup of an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gulf country, according to AFP and Al-Akhbar.
The group of individuals is facing charges related to conducting Muslim Brotherhood activities without a permit, including recruiting members and raising money for Egypt's Brotherhood chapter, according to the Prosecutor Ahmad al-Dhanhani.
The thirty suspects were arrested between November 2012 and January 2013. They are scheduled for trial on November 5.
This is not the first time that UAE has detained and tried Islamists. In July 2013, 69 Emiratis, part of a group known as "UAE 94," were jailed for charges related to attempts to overthrow the government. UAE 94 has described itself as a peaceful group committed to non-violent reform, but Emirati prosecutors said the 69 individuals were connected with al-Islah, aMuslim Brotherhood-linked group.
It should be noted that all political movements are banned in the Gulf country.
UAE has also been a large supporter of the new transitional government in Egypt, applauding the overthrow of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July.