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Wed 17 Dec 2014 02:29 PM

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Emirati charged with spying for ‘a foreign state’

Federal Supreme Court adjourned a second case of a citizen accused of being part of a secret organisation

Emirati charged with spying for ‘a foreign state’
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Two Emiratis appeared before the State Security Division of the Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday, one charged with passing vital information to a foreign state and the other accused of being a member of a secret organisation, official state news agency WAM said.

The two court sessions were presided over by Judge Falah Shaya Al Hajeri and while both cases have been adjourned until December 22, the two Emirati defendants will remain in custody until then.

In the first session, defendant M.A.A, who appeared in court with his defence team, was charged by the Public Prosecution with belonging to the secret organisation that has been declared illegal in the UAE and that was disbanded.

While the specific organisation was not named, last month the UAE formally designated a number of organisations, including the Muslim Brotherhood and local affiliates, the Nusra Front and ISIL, as terrorist organisations.

The defendant has been charged with becoming a member of the organisation's charity committee at its Dubai office, revised the committee's reports and collecting donations on its behalf.

In the second session, the State Security Division of the Federal Supreme Court charged defendant A.R.A, an Emirati citizen, with communicating with a foreign state, WAM reported.

Prosecutors charged the defendant with providing the unnamed foreign state with information on his workplace which it said could damage the national interests of the UAE.

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