Islamist UAE sheikh held without charge: son
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A member of the ruling family of Ras al-Khaimah, one of seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates, has been held "without charge" for days, his son said on Wednesday.
Sheikh Sultan Al-Qassimi, a first cousin of the emir who heads the local branch of the Islamist group Al-Islah, was arrested on Friday by "armed men in civilian clothing," his son Sheikh Abdullah told AFP by telephone.
Sheikh Sultan "is being held in a room secured by guards at the governor's palace," Abdullah said, condemning the absence of "any formal charges against him."
"He refuses to sign anything or give any statements to the authorities as long he is being detained in this manner," he said, a day after visiting his father in custody.
He said a family member had warned his father two weeks ago that he could be arrested by the UAE federal authorities, adding: "We demand his immediate release."
In a statement posted on its website, Al-Islah condemned Sheikh Sultan's detention as an "unprecedented provocation".
Earlier this month, UAE authorities detained six members of Al-Islah and revoked their citizenship for alleged links to terrorism funding.