UAE rights group calls to speed up Islamist trials

October 23, 2012 20:56


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DUBAI - A local human rights group on Tuesday called on the United Arab Emirates authorities to speed up trials of Islamists detained over alleged threats to state security but dismissed concerns of possible torture and abuse raised by some families and activists.

The UAE, a major oil exporter and regional business hub, has arrested some 60 local Islamists, accusing them of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is banned in the country, and conspiring to overthrow the government.

"I am calling to expedite presenting those people for trial so we stop this noise we are hearing," said Abdul-Ghaffar Hussein, head of the Emirates Human Rights Association (EHRA), referring to reports of abuse raised by some international rights groups and circulated on social media websites.

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