Terror group accused put forward their defences

Lawyers defending 41 men accused of belonging to an illegal organisation that planned to create a 'caliphate' in the UAE asked the Federal Supreme Court dismiss all charges against their clients.

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ABU DHABI // Lawyers defending 41 men accused of belonging to an illegal organisation that planned to create a “caliphate” in the UAE asked the Federal Supreme Court dismiss all charges against their clients.

The group is on trial for allegedly belonging to Shabab Al Manara, an organisation that planned terrorist attacks in the Emirates.

On Sunday, 37 of the men appeared in court in Abu Dhabi.

“All my clients did was attend two events – one of them attended a dinner banquet while the other attended a wedding reception,” said Ali Al Abbadi, lawyer for Emirati brothers A M A and A M A.

“There is no strong evidence to incriminate them.”

Lawyer Ahmed Al Ramsi said his client, K S S, was not aware of the organisation’s motives when he attended a camp in Ras Al Khaimah.

“The reason my client frequented the winter camps was that he had a beautiful voice and liked to sing Islamic Nasheeds,” Mr Al Ramsi told the court.

He said his client was never involved with weapons that were seized.

Lawyer Hasan Al Reyami said his client, A B, only frequented the Manara mosque where the group congregated because it was close to his aunt’s home “and he liked the sound of the call of the prayer there”.

The hearing was adjourned to December 27 and January 3.

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