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U.A.E. Sentences 30 People to Jail for Brotherhood Ties

The United Arab Emirates sentenced 30 people to jail as the Gulf sheikhdom expands its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization that fielded ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi for office.

The jail terms range from three months to five years, with six of the 30 accused sentenced in absentia, state-run news agency WAM reported, citing a court ruling. The group was accused of setting up a branch of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in the U.A.E., Alkhaleej newspaper reported in October.

The Gulf state in July sentenced 69 people to jail for conspiring to destabilize the country. The U.A.E. has pledged more than $5 billion to Egypt after Mursi was overthrown last year.

The rights of the 20 Egyptians and 10 Emiratis sentenced were ignored and the group was at risk of being wrongfully convicted, Amnesty International said in a report yesterday. The 10 Emiratis were among 69 people who were sentenced in July in a separate trial.

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