UAE jails 2 Uighurs plotting to attack Chinese mall: Report

An Abu Dhabi court on Wednesday sentenced two Chinese Uighurs to 10 years in prison after they were convicted of plotting to attack a Dubai-based Chinese shopping mall, a local newspaper reported.

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 20:34 PM IST

Abu Dhabi: An Abu Dhabi court on Wednesday
sentenced two Chinese Uighurs to 10 years in prison after they
were convicted of plotting to attack a Dubai-based Chinese
shopping mall, a local newspaper reported.

"The two Chinese Uighurs accused of plotting to attack
the Dragon Mart in Dubai were sentenced to 10 years in prison
on Wednesday by the Federal Supreme Court," of the United Arab
Emirates, The National newspaper said.
The two Chinese nationals, "charged with attempting an
attack on the shopping mall and being members of a terrorist
organisation," were arrested in July "while they were
obtaining materials to create a bomb," the English-language
daily reported.

They are allegedly members of the East Turkestan Islamic
Movement -- a group listed by China, as well as the United
Nations and the United States, as a terrorist organisation.

The pair, identified as 31-year-old M B and 35-year-old W
G, wanted the attack on a statue outside the trading centre to
be "symbolic," directed against the Chinese government, the
paper said, citing judicial sources.
"They did not intend to cause casualties," it added.

However, the daily said that "experts told the court the
materials they intended to use would cause `big` damage."

The defendants did not receive the death sentence, as
those convicted of "terrorism-related charges" usually do
under UAE law, "because they were in the `preliminary stages`
of planning an attack," The National said.

PTI