June 19 (Bloomberg) --The United Arab Emirates state security prosecutor referred 30 people, including Emiratis and Egyptians, to court on charges of setting up a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, state-run WAM news agency reported.
“Some of the accused have established, run and managed a branch of” the Islamist group without a license, WAM reported, citing the prosecutor. The suspects obtained “financial support from the secret organization seeking to seize power in the country,” the prosecutor said, referring to another group standing trial.
The U.A.E. has cracked down on Islamist groups, which the government says have been emboldened by popular uprisings that toppled the leaders of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Authorities in January sent 94 citizens to the supreme federal court, charging them with establishing an underground group to seize power. Most of the detained belong to a domestic Islamist group known as al-Islah.
After the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood moved from being the main opposition group to a driving force in Egypt’s politics, particularly after Mohamed Mursi was elected president in June 2012.
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