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UAE executes Sri Lankan for murder

A Sri Lankan man has been executed by firing squad in the UAE emirate of Sharjah for murdering an Emirati man eight years ago, media reported on Wednesday. The 26-year-old man was executed after the victim's family refused an offer of 'blood money', the English-daily Gulf News said. The Sri Lankan had been convicted of deliberately running the Emirati man over with a vehicle in 2006 following a money dispute, the paper said.

UAE jails dozens of Islamists over 'power plot'

A UAE court Tuesday sentenced 69 Islamists to jail for up to 15 years on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, at the conclusion of a mass trial criticised by rights groups. Amnesty International slammed the verdicts, saying the trial was "grossly unfair" and the charges were "bogus." The Federal Supreme Court sentenced 56 of the 94 defendants to 10 years in prison each, the official WAM news agency said. Among the 56 is Sheikh Sultan bin Kayed Al-Qassimi, a member of the ruling family of the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, WAM said.

UAE should charge or release Egyptian detainees: HRW

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged authorities in the United Arab Emirates either to charge a group of Egyptians held over suspected links with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood or release them. "If the UAE government can show the Egyptian detainees have engaged in criminal behavior, why hasn't it charged them with a crime," asked Nadim Houry, HRW's deputy Middle East director. "Authorities should stop this shameful practice of arresting people only to hold them without charge for months on end," he said.
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