New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the United Arab Emirates to ensure a fair trial for eight Lebanese nationals accused of setting up a “terrorist cell” with links to Hezbollah in Lebanon, ONA reports citing Reuters.
The defendants, all of whom are Shi’ite Muslims and have lived and worked in the UAE for more than 15 years, were arrested in late 2017 and early 2018. They were charged last month with establishing a cell linked to the Iran-allied Shi’ite Hezbollah.
They remained for more than a year in solitary confinement without charge and some were mistreated according to members of the families. They were denied access to their families, lawyers and evidences against them, HRW said in a statement.