UAE security court issues verdict in Muslim Brotherhood case

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A special security court in the United Arab Emirates has issued verdicts in a trial involving 15 Yemeni and four Emirati defendants accused of setting up a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

A report on the state-run WAM news agency says the sentences ranged "from acquittal to life imprisonment." It did not provide a breakdown, nor did it name those involved.

It said the court also ordered the confiscation of 3 million dirhams ($816,000) in its decision Monday.

The Brotherhood is outlawed as a terrorist organization under UAE law.

In another case, WAM says a man accused of collaborating with Syria's al-Qaida branch received a five-year prison sentence. Four other defendants "of Arab, American and European nationalities" received 1-year prison sentences for failing to warn authorities about the man.