UAE: six condemned on terror charges

Five Emiratis and an Afghan received jail terms of up to four years for funding and supporting terrorist activities, the Federal Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday 27 April.

The men were arrested during raids in Khor Fakkan in October 2008, and the State Security Public Prosecution charged them with funnelling money to the Taliban and attempting to set up an organisation to enforce a strict code of Islam.

Rashid Dawood and Abdullah Hassan were jailed three years for gathering funds for the Taliban and an additional year for helping to found the fundamentalist group, which the court said attacked civil liberties.

Rashid Mohammad Sulaiman Al Naqbi, Badr Juma’a Al Mansouri, Marwan Al Naqbi, all Emiratis, and Abdul Wahab Sultan Gulam, an Afghan, were sentenced to three years in jail for funding Taliban.

The suspects had pleaded not guilty and refuted the charges arguing that the evidence was uncorroborated. They also told the court they had been coerced into signing confessions.

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