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Dozens sentenced for plotting coup in United Arab Emirates

July 2, 2013 at 7:43 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 2 (UPI) -- A court in the United Arab Emirates has handed prison sentences to dozens of people accused of plotting to overthrow the government, prosecutors said.

Guilty verdicts along with sentences of 10 years in jail were given to 56 of the accused, Gulf News reported Tuesday.

Eight accused who were tried in absentia received 15-year jail sentences while five others received sentences ranging from three to seven years.

Prosecutors said the plotters belonged to the now-disbanded Al Islah Society believed affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The main goal of the organization, prosecutors said, "was to infiltrate the country's educational and social institutions."

Eighty-one of the defendants were male and 13 were female.

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