Emirati man sentenced to death for joining Islamic State

A court in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday sentenced a local man to death on charges of joining the Islamic State extremist group.

The Federal Supreme Court's state security circuit also sentenced two other Emirati citizens to seven years imprisonment for attempting to join the Sunni jihadist group, which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq.

A national of another Arab country was sentenced to three years imprisonment, a fine of 50,000 dirhams (14,000 dollars) and deportation on charges of slander and promoting Islamic State.

The court gave no further details of the cases.

In 2014, the UAE adopted a new anti-terrorism law which expanded the range of offences for which the death penalty could be imposed.

Last update: Sun, 10/01/2016 - 14:58

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