UAE security forces have arrested more than 10 people linked to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who recruited members in the Gulf state, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
“United Arab Emirates security services have arrested a cell of more than 10 people belonging to the leadership of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,” Al-Khaleej reported, quoting what it said was an informed source.
Members of the group held “secret meetings” across the country and “recruited Egyptian expats in the UAE to join their ranks,” it said.
They also set up companies and collected “large amounts of money which they sent illegally to the mother organisation in Egypt,” the daily said, adding they also gathered secret defence information on the UAE.
The source spoke of “continuous coordination” and “secret meetings” between the UAE-based group and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
“Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood had offered (the cell’s members) courses... on elections and the means of changing leadership in Arab countries.”
The source expects that the investigations on the case would reveal on serious information on conspiracies concocted against the national security of UAE.
“ The list of investigations will include hundreds of elements linked to the Brotherhood networks, the source said, adding that, some of these elements have actually been put in the black list of those banned from leaving the country, as preliminary step to be summoned for interrogation “, the source added.