Emirati in Daesh group gets 10-year prison sentence

(REUTERS)
Updated 24 April 2017

Emirati in Daesh group gets 10-year prison sentence

DUBAI: An Emirati previously convicted of being a member of the extremist Daesh group has had his sentence increased from one year in prison to a 10-year sentence.
The state-run WAM news agency reported Monday the Emirati, whom it only identified by initials, was previously sentenced by the Abu Dhabi federal court of appeal, but that prosecutors had appealed the sentence.
The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, has not seen the type of militant attacks that have plagued its Mideast neighbors. However, the staunch Western ally has convicted several Emiratis of belonging to the militant group that is fighting mostly in Iraq and Syria.
The UAE is part of the US-led campaign against Daesh and hosts some 4,000 American troops in the country.


US State Department sanctions top IRGC general for crackdown on protesters

Updated 17 January 2020

US State Department sanctions top IRGC general for crackdown on protesters

  • Hook praised the UK and its decision to classify Lebanon's Hezbollah as terrorist group
  • Hook also said that US sanctions were working

WASHINGTON: The US Department of State imposed sanctions on Friday on a leading Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps general following Iran’s crackdown on protesters, US Special Representative on Iran Brian Hook said.

“The United States is listing IRGC Brig. Gen. Hassan Shavapor under Section 7031c, visa sanctions,” Hook told reporters.

“General Shavapor committed gross violations of human rights against protesters at the press briefing. He oversaw the massacre of 148 helpless Iranians in the Mashar region last November,” he said.

His press statement came after Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made comments about the day Tehran hit US bases in Iraq with missiles in response to the killing of the country’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani, calling it “a day of God.”

He also said that the killing of Soleimani was a “disgrace” to the American administration and that the attack showed the “terrorist nature” of Washington.

In response, Hook said: “The more Iran threatens the world, the more isolated it will become.”

Hook also said that US sanctions were working, citing Iran's president Hassan Rouhani admitting financial losses due to the sanctions and pointing toward Iran's "major banking crisis." 

He added: "We have succeeded in making the Iranian regime and whoever helps it pay a heavy price."

Also on Friday, Hook praised the UK and its decision to classify Lebanon's Hezbollah movement as a terrorist group.