facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Doubts cast over UAE terror arrests

April 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM   |   Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 18 (UPI) -- A United Arab Emirates human rights activist said local claims of a terror arrest Thursday were likely a cover for a government act of repression.

The Emirates News Agency, known also as WAM, said authorities arrested at least seven Arab nationals thought to be affiliated with al-Qaida.

"An official source said that the cell was planning to carry out acts within the UAE affecting the security of the state and the safety of its citizens and residents," WAM reported. "It was also planning to recruit people and to promote the work of al-Qaida, in addition to providing the organization with funds and logistical support to facilitate the extension of their activities to some countries in the region."

An Emirati human rights activist told the BBC on condition of anonymity that claims of al-Qaida affiliates operating locally were doubtful.

"I don't put any credibility in what state security says," the activist said. "These kinds of arrests are a pretext for repression."

More than 90 people are on trial in the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of plotting against the government. The BBC reports the suspects include student activists and human rights lawyers.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria killing seven
5
'Old Ironsides' sails across Boston Harbor before 3-year-rehab
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback