UAE: Five plead not guilty to incitement, insulting ruler

By REUTERS
July 18, 2011 18:58

 
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ABU DHABI - Five activists from the United Arab Emirates pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of incitement and insulting the Gulf country's leadership, their lawyer said, in a trial rights groups argued is aimed at silencing political dissent.

Police arrested the political activists and intellectuals in April, and the attorney general told state news agency WAM the men were suspected of inciting "acts that threaten state security and public order", and "insulting the president, vice president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi."

The UAE, the world's third-largest oil exporter, has been spared political unrest even as mass protests hit its borders in neighboring Oman and Yemen earlier this year.

The trial was adjourned for a second hearing next Monday.


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