UAE defends crackdown on activists

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Posted: Aug 06, 2012 4:47 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates attorney general says suspects detained in an ongoing crackdown on political dissent have confessed to plans to jeopardize security and to having links to foreign groups.

The UAE has sharply increased pressure on political activists and bloggers since the Arab Spring uprisings last year. As many as 54 people are currently detained, according to the Emirates Centre For Human Rights.

Attorney General Ali Salim al-Tenaiji was quoted on state-run Emirates News Agency on Monday as saying the unidentified suspects "revealed plans to jeopardize the security of the state as well as ties" with "suspicious foreign parties and organizations."

Al-Tenaiji, in some of his first public comments on the case, did not name the foreign groups nor say what plans suspects had to jeopardize state security.