20 Apr '11, 7pm

AP: Emirati official says activist arrests legal

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The United Arab Emirates' recent detentions of activists in the Gulf federation were carried out according to the law, said the country's foreign minister Wednesday, without specifying any charges. The comments by Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan are the first from a senior federal official in the oil-rich country, a key regional ally of the United States, about reports that four prominent activists had been arrested. Although the country has been spared the pro-democracy uprisings that have swept the rest of the region, activists have complained of increased harassment and monitoring of blogs and social media in the past year. Sheik Abdullah, a member of the ruling family, told reporters in the capital Abu Dhabi that prosecutors issued subpoenas "to a number of persons" in the seven-state federation. He didn't say how many. "This p...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110421-0000051/Emirat...

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