UAE court sets January 21 as date for trial of secret cell members

Shadowy group faces justice

ABU DHABI - The UAE's state security court said Tuesday it will announce next month its verdict in the trial of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians charged with forming a secret Muslim Brotherhood cell.
The verdict will be issued in a hearing on January 21, the court decided in a session attended by 15 of the defendants, WAM state news agency reported.
Nine others refused to appear in court, it said.
The secret Muslim Brotherhood cell comprises 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians, including six who remain at large.
The Egyptian defendants, including doctors, engineers and university professors, were arrested between November 2012 and January 2013.
An official said some members of the secret cell, notably, the first suspect, had visited GCC and Arab countries to meet the Muslim Brotherhood leaders in those countries to lobby for material and moral support.
The shadowy Muslim Brotherhood is banned in much of the Gulf region.
Prosecutors said the accused were linked to Al-Islah, a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ten of them are also being tried in the case of the Muslim Brotherhood cell.