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U.A.E. Extends Detention for Islamists Held on Security Charge

Sept. 7 (Bloomberg) -- A court in the United Arab Emirates has extended the detention of Islamists who were arrested on charges of threatening national security, according to a local activist and blogger.

Six detainees appeared before a judge yesterday in the country’s Supreme Court to have their custody extended, Ahmed Mansoor said by e-mail. A similar ruling was given the day before in the case of another five suspects, he said.

U.A.E. authorities said last month they have arrested more than 50 Islamists who were conspiring against the state and allegedly had links to “external elements.” Most of those detained belong to a domestic Islamic group known as al-Islah.

Anwar Gargash, the minister for foreign affairs, said on Aug. 26 that the so-called Arab Spring has emboldened Islamist groups in the region.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fiona MacDonald in Kuwait at fmacdonald4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net

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