23 on trial in Abu Dhabi for ‘Al Qaeda links’

The 21 Yemenis and 2 Emiratis are accused of joining an international terrorist organisation.

ABU DHABI // Twenty-three men are on trial at the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi for allegedly belonging to Al Qaeda in Yemen.

Some of the men are also being charged with forging immigration documents.

The 21 Yemenis and 2 Emiratis are accused of joining an international terrorist organisation. Court documents did not list any plans the men had to commit acts of terror in the country.

Five of the Yemenis are charged with conspiring to forge official immigration documents belonging to the general directorate of residency and foreign affairs. Two more Yemenis are charged with co-conspiring to forge documents with the five others.

“The defendants tried to bypass entry/exit laws of the country,” said prosecutors.

The case was adjourned to March 28 for lawyers to prepare their defence.

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