A court in the United Arab Emirates has handed a life sentence to the husband of an Emirati woman who was executed for the murder of an American school teacher.

Mohammed al-Hashemi, a father of six, was found guilty of planning to assassinate one of the UAE's leaders and of plotting to blow up the race track that hosts the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix, as well as a nearby Ikea furniture store in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi-based The National reported Monday that the 34-year-old denied the charges and told the court his wife had been the one using their computer to visit extremist websites.

His wife, Alaa al-Hashemi, was executed last year after being found guilty of stabbing to death an American woman at an Abu Dhabi mall.