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UAE ruler approves anti-terrorism law with penalties ranging from execution to counseling

The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has approved a sweeping new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million.

The law, according to the Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper, consists of around 70 articles. It calls for establishing Saudi-style counseling and rehabilitation centers for convicted terrorists.

The official Emirates News Agency reported Wednesday that Abu Dhabi ruler and UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan endorsed the law.

Rights groups say the UAE has locked up more than 130 people for charges related to their political activism. Like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, it has clamped down on the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of Arab Spring uprisings.