UAE court sentences 11 to life in prison for belonging to ‘terror organization’

Published March 27th, 2016 - 09:57 GMT
The UAE Federal Supreme Court sentenced 11 defendants to life in prison and 10 others to 15 years for belonging to militant groups seeking to set up a Daesh-style caliphate. (File photo)
The UAE Federal Supreme Court sentenced 11 defendants to life in prison and 10 others to 15 years for belonging to militant groups seeking to set up a Daesh-style caliphate. (File photo)

Eleven defendants accused of being members of the Al Manara militant group and plotting to overthrow the government and set up a Daesh-style caliphate were sentenced to life in prison, a top UAE court ruled on Sunday.

The Federal Supreme Court, presided over by judge Mohammad Jarrah Al Tunaiji, also sentenced 10 other defendants of the group known as Shabab Al Manara to 15 years in prison.

Thirteen men were sentenced to 10 years in prison, two were sentenced to five years in jail, while six others were sentenced to three years in prison.

Seven men of the 41 member group were cleared of all charges, while four foreign defendants will be deported after serving their prison terms.

The court also ruled that the group be dissolved and its equipment be confiscated.


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