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Seven people face trial in UAE court over links with Hizbollah

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Dubai: A court in the United Arab Emirates is hearing a case involving seven people on charges of forming a cell linked to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, reports said Tuesday.

Two Emiratis were among the seven people whose trial began on Monday at the state security court.

A UAE police officer is also one of the accused of providing military information to Hizbollah, Al-Ittihad daily reported.

The other emirati defendant allegedly gave the group details of interior ministry officials, it said.

An Egyptian woman who worked for an oil company is accused of passing information about the sector to Hizbollah, which is classified by Gulf states as a ‘terrorist’ group.

Three Lebanese nationals and an Iraqi are also accused of being part of the cell, the paper said, adding that the court scheduled the next hearing for April 18.

The same court is expected to give its verdict on April 4 in the trial of three other Lebanese defendants, including a Canadian dual national, also accused of forming a group linked to Hizbollah.

The Arab League on Friday declared Hizbollah a ‘terrorist’ group, after Gulf states did the same earlier this month over the movement's backing for the Syrian regime.

Hizbollah is fighting in Syria in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad against opponents including Gulf-backed rebels.

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