UAE Starts Trial of 41 Coup Suspects

UAE Starts Trial of 41 Coup SuspectsUAE Starts Trial of 41 Coup Suspects

A rare mass trial of 41 extremists accused of seeking to overthrow the government and links with “terrorists” opened on Monday in the United Arab Emirates, official media reported.

WAM news agency said the hearing at the state security court in Abu Dhabi was devoted to procedural measures, including the appointment of lawyers. The judge then adjourned the trial to September 28, France24 reported.

Earlier this month, the prosecutor general accused the defendants, who include both Emiratis and foreigners, of plotting attacks aimed at trying to “seize power and establish a caliphate.”

He also accused them of creating a group “with a terrorist, takfiri ideology.” The Islamic State group, which has set up a “caliphate” on territory it has captured in Syria and Iraq, follows the takfiri ideology, as does Al-Qaeda.

It was not immediately clear if the 41 suspects were accused of links to either group. However, the prosecutor has said they were in touch with “foreign terrorist organizations ... to help them achieve their goal.”