Verdict in UAE sedition case due on July 2

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Authorities in the UAE say a verdict in the case of 94 Emiratis on trial for sedition and plotting to overthrow the government is due on July 2.

Lawyers for the defendants, who are accused of being members of an organisation with ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, made their final addresses to Abu Dhabi’s State Security Court on Tuesday, local media reported.

The trial began in March and relates to membership of an Islamist group in the Gulf state know as Al-Islah. The defendants are accused of holding secret meetings as part of a plan to seize power as the Arab Spring began in 2011. The defendants deny the charges, although a number admit to being a member of Al-Islah, which they say is a peaceful organisation.

Those on trial include lawyers, teachers, academics and students.

The case has attracted some controversy, with foreign media banned from attending court hearings.

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