World Bulletin / News Desk
A United Arab Emirates court on Tuesday convicted and jailed most of 94 Emiratis accused of plotting a coup, Abu Dhabi television said, at the end of trial analysts said reflected official mistrust of groups following the Arab Spring.
The television said that the Federal Supreme Court sentenced 56 suspects to prison sentences ranging between three and 10 years. Eight suspects were sentenced in absentia to 15 years in jail and another 26 were acquitted.
The television did not elaborate. The official verdict was expected to be published on the state news agency shortly.
Witnesses said that police blocked roads outside the court in Abu Dhabi and kept reporters away from the building.
The trial, which human rights groups say has included "flagrant flaws" in procedure, is widely seen as an attempt by the Gulf Arab state to address what it says is a threat from the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The defendants had denied the charges, and some said they had been abused in detention, an accusation the state denies.
Many of the 94 who have been on trial since March are members of the al-Islah group, which the UAE says has links to Egypt's Brotherhood. Al-Islah says it shares some of the Brotherhood's ideology but has no organisational links to it.
The defendants, known as UAE94, are accused of "belonging to an illegal, secret organisation ... that aims to counter the foundations of this state in order to seize power and of contacting foreign entities and groups to implement this plan".Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Temmuz 2013, 11:09