UAE sentences four DAESH terrorists to death

United Arab Emirates sentences four people to death for joining DAESH terror group

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

4 DAESH terrorists are seen captured by Afghan authorities in Nangarhar, Afghanistan on January 20, 2016.

Updated Feb 15, 2016

A United Arab Emirates court  on Sunday sentenced four people to death in absentia for joining the terrorist group DAESH, local media reported.

Four were among eleven people accused of “joining the terrorist DAESH group in an Arab country," the UAE state news agency WAM reported.

They were also charged with participating in terrorist activities, providing finance to the terrorist group, "promoting" DAESH online by running a website that promotes terrorist propaganda, WAM said.

The UAE is a member of the US-led coalition that has been bombing DAESH-held areas in Iraq and Syria since September 2014. The UAE said on February 7, it is ready to send ground troops to Syria as part of the international effort to fight DAESH terrorist group.

"The UAE maintains an unwavering position on supporting the forces fighting DAESH,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash.

UAE authorities have enacted tougher anti-terror legislation, including harsher jail terms and death penalty for crimes linked to terrorism.

In another court in July, the UAE executed an Emirati woman, who killed an American school teacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall, in 2014.

Her husband, who is currently on trial was a local leader of DAESH, is accused of seeking to carry out terror attacks on targets, including Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 circuit.

TRTWorld and agencies