Emirates jails man over social media posts

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 7:37 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the son of a jailed activist has himself been sentenced to prison after being convicted over messages sent on social media and of joining an illegal group.

The verdict Tuesday against Osama al-Najjar follows a crackdown by Emirati authorities on suspected Islamist sympathizers in the wake of the Arab Spring.

His father, Hussain al-Najjar, was one of 69 dissidents convicted last year, many of them members of al-Islah, an Islamist group since branded a terrorist organization by the Emirates.

The statement by state news agency WAM did not mention al-Najjar by name, though other media did or identified him by his initials. He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined the equivalent of about $136,000.