UAE activists suspected of incitement, insults

April 25, 2011 18:49

DUBAI - Five political activists arrested in the United Arab Emirates this month are suspected of incitement to disobey the law and insulting the Gulf country's leadership, the state news agency WAM said on Monday.

Quoting the attorney general, WAM said the five activists in preventive detention were being investigated for inciting "acts that threaten state security and public order", and "insulting the president, vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi".

With generous government spending programs and per capita income of $47,000, among the world's highest, the UAE has not seen the kind of mass pro-democracy protests that have swept the rest of the Arab world and toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt. But the activists' case shows its sensitivity to political criticism.

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