UAE strips 6 of citizenship over security concerns

UAE strips 6 of citizenship over security concerns Dubai: The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it is revoking the citizenship of six naturalised citizens because the government says they pose a threat to national security.

The unexpected order was issued by President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan earlier this month, according to the announcement by state news agency WAM.

The men were granted Emirati citizenship between 1976 and 1986. The news agency quoted an unnamed source at the General Administration for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs who said the six had acted to threaten "the national security of the UAE through their connection with suspicious regional and international organisations and personalities."

Some of the men were associated with groups that have been linked with terrorist financing, the state news agency quoted the official as saying.

It didn't provide details or say where the men originally came from.

A person familiar with the case told agency that four of the men were of Iranian origin and two came from Yemen. He said the men's Emirati citizenship status was revoked "once it became clear that the rules under which they were granted (citizenship) were being violated."

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the matter publicly. Officials at the naturalisation and residency office couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

The seven-state UAE federation is a close ally of the United States. It has not seen the widespread anti-government protests that have rocked much of the Arab world this year, though officials have taken steps to tamp down indications of dissent.