Members Of The Al Manara Terrorist Organisation Smuggled Weapons Into UAE
Category: Kuwait
Immigrate to Canada or Australia
Study In Abroad

Group smuggled weapons into UAE  to kill people and overthrow the government, the Federal Supreme Court heard on Monday. A total of 40 suspected members — including 38 Emiratis — of the terrorist organisation are facing trial at a security court here.

On Monday, two witnesses revealed that the Al Manara suspects had smuggled weapons, ammunition and detonators into the country. The weapons were obtained in collaboration with Syria’s Al Nusra Front and Al Ansar Front in Balochistan province in Iran.

Their intention was to overthrow the government, kill people, attack shopping malls and hotels and declare a Daesh-style caliphate in the UAE, the witnesses told the court.

The state security division of the Federal Supreme Court examined the weapons confiscated from the suspects and heard testimonies of security officers. The hearing was adjourned to December 8 when two videos on the groups’ meeting in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai will be shown.

Monday’s hearing witnessed defendants and witnesses exchanging accusations. Judge Mohammad Al Jarah Al Tunaiji ordered two defendants be sent back to prison.

The witnesses Rashid Abdullah Saif Al Shamsi and Rashid Sultan Al Niyadi told the court that Shabab Al Manara group, backed by Al Nusra Front and the Iranian Balochistan Liberation Front, smuggled weapons, ammunition, explosives and guns into the UAE.


The prosecutors have said the suspects are charged with setting up and running terrorist organisation Shabab Al Manara, ‘The Minaret’s Youths’, which upholds terrorist ideology with the intent to commit terrorist acts in the UAE and endangering the country’s security, peace and lives of its leaders and people.

Salem Saeed Kubaish, UAE’s Attorney-General, said that the suspects were also charged with planning to inflict damage on private and public properties to eventually seize power to set up a so-called caliphate state in line with their extremist ideology.
“To carry out their terrorist acts, the suspects procured firearms, ammunition and explosives using funds they raised for this purpose and communicated with foreign militants. These militants provided these suspects with funds and people to achieve their goals inside the country,” Kubaish said.

The State Security Prosecution presented five weapons, including Kalashnikov rifles, MP5 and M16 machineguns, explosives and detonators used in making bombs as well as a huge number of bullets and magazines.

The witnesses said police found these weapons and ammunition in a desert camp in the UAE. They said the group used Al Manara Mosque and Al Arqam School in Dubai to hold meetings and disseminate their terrorist ideology.


The evidence consisting of seven boxes of ammunition and weapons was carried by three people into the court. One of the defendants admitted to possessing one of the rifles but said that his father owned it, adding that it was a hunting rifle and was at his father’s home and not with him. A witness testimony revealed that the main defendant, K.K., had lost a son while fighting with Daesh militants in Iraq.

Investigations revealed that the organisation’s members were giving youth lectures that criticise and attack the government and the ruling system in the UAE, criticising the raising of the UAE flag and the standing for the national anthem as these acts are considered blasphemous.

‘Committees, cells set up’

Prosecutors said the suspects set up an organisational structure, including committees and cells with specific tasks. “A leader was appointed to oversee the terrorist organisation, issue orders, instructions, roles and duties for each committee. He was also assigned to set policies. His deputy was assigned to follow up implementation of these policies,” Kubaish said.

The witnesses  added these committees were assigned to recruit young Emiratis to instil extremist thought and train them in militant acts and manufacture of explosives at certain camping sites.

Prosecutors said the group  also disseminated audio and video material on the internet.

Convicted terrorists face capital punishment, life imprisonment and fines of up to Dh100 million, according to a federal law to combat terrorism endorsed last year.

17 Nov, 2015 0 1421
Posted Comments
Popular News
5 Indian Women Kidnapped And Sexually Assaulted In A Desert Kuwait Personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department are looking for an unknown individual for impersonating detective and kidnapping five Indian women were in a taxi ride when the suspect orde... August 14, 2019 0 2715 Category: Crime News
Indian Found Semi-naked The security personnel have identified an Indian through fingerprints who was found semi-naked and unconscious inside the bathroom of the Mubarakiya market, reports Al-Rai daily When someone informed ... August 15, 2019 0 1970 Category: Crime News
Issue Of Sikh Temple In Kuwait Draws Mixed Reaction From Public The issue of the Sikh temple or Gurdwara that was discovered in a remote area of Sulaibikhat where the Sikhs allegedly perform their rituals is believed to be illegal because the site has not been use... August 16, 2019 1 816 Category: Kuwait
Queries Raised Over Sikh Temple In Kuwait A group of Indian Sikhs have founded the ‘Sulaibiya Gurdwara’ (Sikh Temple) in Sulaibiya that is clearly visible on Google Maps and Google Earth, what is considered illegal, shocking and s... August 15, 2019 0 786 Category: Kuwait
79 People Arrested In Eid Holiday Roundup Kuwait Securitymen arrested at least 79 people during Eid holiday, detaining 61 illegal labor for violating residency law, 9 under article 20, 9 on visit visa, they were referred to the deportation de... August 15, 2019 1 781 Category: Crime News
Cheated By A Car Mechanic I’m a frequent reader of your legal clinic column and want to thank you for the good advice you provide. I have a problem. I had given my car to a Pakistani mechanic in Shuwaikh Industrial Area ... August 15, 2019 0 753 Category: Legal
Shoun Rejected To Change B.COM Degree To Accountants Designation I am working as an accountant since 2012 to present, I am a degree holder (BCom. Calicut University). Three years ago my company tried to change my profession as accountant but the Shoun rejected thei... August 16, 2019 0 726 Category: Legal
Kuwait Hit In Pyongyang Cyberattack UN experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs – and they are c... August 14, 2019 0 458 Category: International
Indian Arrested For Insulting Retired Major-general A retired major-general has filed a complaint with the police accusing an Indian of insulting him, reports Al-Rai daily. According to the complainant this happened over the priority right to drive aft... August 14, 2019 0 382 Category: Crime News