UAE sentences 11 to life in prison over 'terror plots'

Federal Supreme court in UAE sentences 11 to life in prison over 'terror plots'

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Flames engulf the Address Downtown hotel (back) after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31, 2015.

A Federal Supreme court in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday sentenced 11 people to life in prison after charging them of plotting “terrorist” attacks in the Gulf country, the state media said.

The 41 defendants were accused of planning to overthrow the government to set up DAESH leadership in the UAE.

The court in Abu Dhabi jailed two others for 15 years, 13 for 10 years, six for three years, and two for five years, the official WAM news agency said.

Seven defendants were set free. Also two of those jailed for life were tried in absentia.

The Khaleej Times newspaper reported that, the defendants were convicted of "plotting to carry out terrorist operations throughout the country."

They were also found guilty of "endangering the safety and security of the country and the lives of individuals, including the leadership and its symbols with the intention to cause damage to state and private infrastructure."

Other charges included "possessing firearms and ammunition with the intention of committing attacks," as well as contacting and raising funds for DAESH and Al Qaeda's Syria affiliate Al Nusra Front, Khaleej Times reported on its website.

The rich Gulf country has stepped up security since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011.

UAE is also part of a US-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against DAESH in Syria since September last year.