Emirati gets 10-year sentence for joining IS group branch in Yemen

AP , Thursday 16 Mar 2017

Abu Dhabi's federal appeals court has sentenced an Emirati national to 10 years in prison for joining the Islamic State group's affiliate in Yemen.

The state-run WAM news agency says the sentence was handed down on Wednesday. The Emirati was only referred to by the initials M.S.A.S.

The United Arab Emirates is fighting in a Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni rebels and their allies.

In other cases, WAM says an Emirati identified as A.S.K. received an 18-month prison sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm and having two bombs. Another Emirati, identified as A.K.A.A., will undergo counseling and have a six-month travel ban.

WAM also reported the court sentenced a Jordanian national, referred to as T.H.M., to three years in prison and a 500,000-dirham ($135,875) fine for apparently insulting "state symbols" online.

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