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UAE web activist faces anti-state charges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Dubai’s public prosecutor says an online activist will face charges of threatening state security in the latest move by the United Arab Emirates to crack down on perceived political dissent on the web.

Saleh al-Dhafairi was arrested last week on accusations of “spreading ideas that damage national unity or social peace.” His Twitter posts included comments on Arab Spring uprisings elsewhere in the Middle East.

The official news agency WAM says Dubai Public Prosecutor Essam al-Humaidan referred the case Monday to state security court.

The UAE has not been hit by mass protests, but authorities are increasingly wary of political activism. Five activists were convicted of anti-state crimes in November, but later pardoned.

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