Seven tried in UAE courts over alleged Hezbollah links

Published March 15th, 2016 - 01:30 GMT
The Arab League and several Gulf countries have recently declared Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization, and many Lebanese citizens living abroad are now facing deportations, visa refusals, and legal issues. (AFP/File)
The Arab League and several Gulf countries have recently declared Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization, and many Lebanese citizens living abroad are now facing deportations, visa refusals, and legal issues. (AFP/File)

UAE courts have brought seven people to trial on charges of forming a Hezbollah-linked cell, AFP reported.

The accused, two Emirati nationals and five foreigners, including one UAE police officer accused of transferring military information to Hezbollalh, began the trial on Monday, according to reports from the local al-Ittihad daily.

The second Emirati defendent is accused of giving Hezbollah details of UAE interior ministry officials.

The five foreigners include an Egyptian woman who worked for an oil company, three Lebanese nationals, and one Iraqi, all accused of being part of the cell and passing information to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia movement now classified by Gulf monarchies as a "terrorist" group.

The state security court scheduled the next hearing for April 18.

In a separate trial of three other Lebanese nationals also accused of links to Hezbollah, the same court is expected to render a verdict on April 4.

The Arab League on Friday declared Hezbollah a "terrorist" group, along with several Gulf monarchies, in the midst of a row over military aid between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, and Hezbollah's support for the Syrian government. 

Saudi Arabia has also accused Hezbollah of aiding Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, against whom Saudi Arabia has waged a year-long military operation to restore authority to Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi's government.


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