A court in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has handed down lengthy prison sentences to three Lebanese citizens on trumped up charges of setting up a “terrorist cell” and planning attacks upon orders from Hezbollah resistance movement.
On Wednesday, the Federal Supreme Court put eight Lebanese nationals, all Shia Muslims, on trial on terrorism-related charges.
Amnesty International said five of the defendants were acquitted of the charges. The court, which is the highest judicial authority in the Persian Gulf Arab country, sentenced one man to life imprisonment and two others to ten years each.
“The absence of basic requirements of a fair trial, such as having access to a lawyer, strips today’s verdict of any reliability or credibility,” Amnesty’s Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf, said in a statement.