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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The top security court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced 38 people to prison in connection to a cell accused of plotting terrorist attacks and seeking to overthrow the government to create an Islamic state.
Prosecutors say the "Minaret Youth" cell included Emirati as well as non-Emirati members, though the nationalities of all the accused have not been made public.
The state-run WAM news agency reported Sunday that the Federal Supreme Court's state security chambers sentenced 11 of the defendants to life in prison, though two were tried in absentia. Another two were sentenced to 15 years, 13 to 10 years, six to three years, two to five years, and four to six months in prison.