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Abu Dhabi sentences 43 to life imprisonment for terrorism offences

The Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal, also known as the State Security Court, has sentenced 43 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to life imprisonment for planning terrorist attacks in the country.

Five more people were sentenced to 15 years in prison and five to 10 years, state news agency Wam reported.

In addition to the conviction of 53 defendants, six companies were also fined 20 million dirhams.

The court also dropped charges against 24 defendants and acquitted one defendant.

“The court sentenced 43 defendants to life imprisonment for establishing, operating and directing the terrorist organization Justice and Dignity Committee with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts in the country,” Wam said.

“In addition, five defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison for collaborating with the Reform Call organization and defending the organization in posts and tweets they published on social media platforms with prior knowledge of the organization’s intention to take action against the country.

“The court also sentenced five defendants to 10 years in prison and a fine of 10 million dirhams for laundering money obtained from the crimes of establishing, founding and financing a terrorist organization.”

In addition to a fine of 20 million dirhams, the court ruled to dissolve the six companies and close their headquarters, as well as “seize their assets, tangible and intangible property rights, funds, real estate and buildings, and seize all materials, equipment and items obtained and used in committing the above-mentioned crimes.”

It was stated that these crimes include money laundering committed by organized crime groups and laundering of income obtained for use in financing terrorist organizations.

“The defendants worked to create and replicate violence in the country similar to that experienced in other Arab countries, such as protests and clashes between security forces and crowds of protesters, leading to deaths, injuries and destruction of facilities,” Wam said.

“The spread of panic and terror among the people has led to a crisis that threatens general security and stability, the sovereignty of the state, and has endangered the life and property of individuals.”

The decision may be appealed to the Federal Supreme Court.

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