Women questioned over links to secret ring

Prosecutors started questioning leaders of the ‘women’s branch of the organisation’

19:26 January 9, 2013

Abu Dhabi: The State Attorney-General has started investigations with women in a secret organisation accused of plotting against the UAE.

Salim Saeed Kubaish, the State Attorney-General, said the Public Prosecution has started investigations into female leaders of what is called the ‘women’s branch’ of the organisation.

Kubaish said that the women under suspicion have been summoned and are being questioned with full respect for their right to privacy, the norms and the traditions of UAE society, in line with the rules and principles of Sharia, in the proceedings of the investigation.

He stressed that “all rights of the above-mentioned women are guaranteed during the investigation stage, without prejudice to justice and equality of all before the law. The law does not differentiate between people on the basis of gender,” he added. “Men and women are equal before the law whenever the judiciary has determined that they have committed a crime punishable by law.”

Dozens of Emirati men were arrested last year on charges of forming a secret organisation opposing the constitution and the basic principles of the UAE ruling system, in addition to having links and affiliations to organisations with foreign agendas.