The ruler of Ras Al-Khaimah hit out at an unnamed domestic organisation that he accused of attempting to “destroy and offend” the UAE, official media reported.
In a lengthy statement posted by WAM news agency, HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qassimi claimed “a group of nationals have met to create an organisation that seeks to ruin our country and to harm its leadership”.
Sheikh Saud’s comments come on the back of a recent crackdown on alleged Islamist activity in the Gulf state.
"Today we have the right to cast blame upon this group and to reject their plans to harm their country, its leadership and their own people," Sheikh Saud said, in an apparent reference to Islamist activity. "Reform means building the country, not destroying it,” he added.
In July, the London-based Emirates Centre for Human Rights (ECHR) said up to ten UAE nationals had been detained by authorities, all of whom are said to have held links to al-Islah, an Islamist group in the oil-rich country.
ECHR estimates that around 40 Emirati activists have been detained in the UAE since March.
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