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Abu Dhabi-The Federal High Court of the United Arab Emirates has delivered a verdict in a case relating to the Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Fifteen Yemenis and four Emiratis were convicted on Monday of “forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell and collecting financial contributions” for the organization, which is banned in the UAE.

Without giving details, the official WAM news agency said the maximum sentence given was three years in prison, but added that some defendants had been acquitted.

Also Monday, an Arab citizen was jailed for five years for having ties to Syria’s Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, WAM said.

It said the man, whose nationality was not given, will be deported after serving his sentence.

Another four people — “of Arab, American and European nationality” — were each given one year “for not informing the authorities about the activities” of the first man, WAM said.

A sixth man in the same case was given a three-month prison term for illegal possession of a firearm.

Trials in the UAE’s Federal High Court are not open to the foreign media.