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  1. Al Bhatti


    Nov 16, 2009
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    United Arab Emirates
    July 9, 2014

    Qatari cell members arrested in UAE
    Group's members were trying to re-establish banned Al Islah group in UAE, official says

    A Qatari cell, said to have been operating in the UAE under the direct supervision of Qatari intelligence, has been smashed, Gulf News has learnt.

    “A group of Qatari men, directly overseen and controlled by the Qatari intelligence was arrested in the UAE,” a senior official told Gulf News.

    The official added the cell had been attempting to re-establish Al Islah group, linked to Egypt’s terrorist designated Muslim Brotherhood.

    Al Islah was disbanded after more than 65 people accused of plotting an Islamist coup in the UAE were handed prison terms — some up to 15 years — last year. Twenty six of the defendants were acquitted.

    The official said the Qatari cell had also been planning to recruit members and raise money for Jabhat Al Nusra, an Al Qaida-linked rebel group in Syria fighting troops loyal to President Bashar Al Assad.

    Last month, the State Security Section at the Federal Supreme Court sentenced Raafat Mohammad Harb, a Palestinian, to life imprisonment for establishing and running an Al Qaida-linked terrorist cell.

    Harb, nicknamed Abu Obaida, was sentenced in absentia as he has fled the country.

    The court also sentenced six other men to seven years in jail each for aiding and abetting the terrorist group.

    Wadie’ Abdul Qader, 33, a Tunisian, and Badr Nader Mohammad Gazawi, 22, a Jordanian, were also fined Dh1 million each.

    The prisoners will be deported after serving their sentences, the court ruled.

    Two of the accused were acquitted of the charges.

    A Qatari doctor received a seven-year jail sentence in March in the UAE after being convicted of ties to Al Islah group.

    He was convicted along with two others. A fourth person was acquitted.

    Qatar heavily supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt under ousted President Mohammad Mursi, angering the UAE.

    Tough measures

    Sources said the Qatari group will be tried under articles 180, 181 and 182 of the UAE Penal Code, which state that temporary imprisonment shall be inflicted on any person who institutes, founds, organises or runs a society, corporation, association, organisation, group, gang, or a subsidiary thereof of whatever name, aimed at overthrowing, seizing, or opposing the basic principles supporting the government regime in the State, or preventing any institution of the state or any public authority from exercising its functions, or attempting at the citizens’ personal or other freedom or public rights guaranteed by the constitution or law, or harming the national unity or social peace.

    “A jail term of not more than ten years shall be inflicted on any person who joins a society, corporation, association or the organisations stated in the first paragraph of this article or cooperates there with or participated therein in any manner or provides them with any financial or material aid whilst being aware of their purposes,” according to article 180 of the Penal Code.

    The UAE is stepping up its fight against terrorism with tough measures, including capital punishment, life imprisonment and fines of up to Dh100 million.

    Qatari cell members arrested in UAE | GulfNews.com
  2. Devil Soul

    Devil Soul ELITE MEMBER

    Jun 28, 2010
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    UAE Holds Suspect Qatari Agents

    DUBAI, July 9, (RTRS): The United Arab Emirates is holding suspected Qatari intelligence agents for questioning on their activities in the UAE, an Emirati newspaper said on Wednesday, in a case that could further damage ties between the two Gulf Arab allies. Relations between the UAE and Qatar have deteriorated sharply in recent months over Doha’s support for Islamists, who are seen by the rest of the US-allied Gulf Arab oil exporters as a threat to their stability. A Qatari newspaper reported earlier this week that UAE authorities had detained and subjected to torture three Qatari citizens who were on holiday in the Gulf Arab state. On its front page the Arabic-language al-Khaleej newspaper dismissed the assertion that those arrested were tourists, quoting unnamed sources as saying that authorities were holding “Qatari intelligence elements operating on UAE soil”. “They are currently undergoing questioning,” the privately owned newspaper, one of the oldest in the UAE, said, without giving further details. Qatari officials declined to comment on the report. UAE officials made no immediate comment.

    In March, in the biggest public display to date of the rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from the country, accusing Doha of failing to abide by an accord not to interfere in each others’ internal affairs. Analysts said the dispute was over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement whose ideology challenges the principle of conservative dynastic rule long dominant in the Gulf. Qatar made no direct comment on the earlier report that its citizens had been detained, but in an apparent allusion to the case, the Foreign Ministry said on its Twitter account earlier this week that the state “did not abandon its sons and was taking all measures through legal and diplomatic channels.” “What happened is just a reflection of the very tense relationship between Qatar and the UAE, and (one should) expect more things like this to happen in the near future,” an Arab diplomat in Doha told Reuters. “But what Qatar is trying to do now is contain the situation and resolve these problems quietly because it can’t afford the fuss and more negative repercussions.” To the dismay of its Gulf Arab neighbours, Qatar supported Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government elected after the ousting of long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Doha provided financial and political assistance until the Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted in an army coup last July. Saudi Arabia and the UAE also particularly resent Doha’s sheltering of prominent Islamist preacher Youssef al- Qaradawi, a critic of the two states’ rulers, and his regular air time on Qatar’s pan-Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera and on Qatari state television. In March, the UAE sentenced a Qatari physician to seven years in jail after he was convicted of supporting Islah, an Islamist group banned by authorities. Since their public spat in March, the four Gulf Arab states have agreed on steps to try to heal the rift, but so far neither Saudi Arabia, Bahrain nor the UAE have returned their ambassadors to Doha.