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Saudi Arabia And The United Arab Emirates Criminalize Sympathy With Qatar

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Saudi Arabia And The United Arab Emirates Criminalize Sympathy With Qatar

Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/

The governments of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announced that any sympathy with Qatar or the publication of pro-Qatar material on social network websites would be considered a crime.

The UAE announced that anyone who violates the new law will be tried with 15 years’ imprisonment plus a fine of half a million of UAE dirhams. Saudi Arabia will punish the lawbreakers with up to 5 years’ imprisonment plus a fine of up to 3 million Saudi riyals.

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 4 that they are cutting all diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed limited economic sanctions, accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism in the Middle East and specifically in the Gulf countries in cooperation with Iran, according to many official Saudi sources. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of supporting Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to Saudi reports, today a list of Saudi demands was sent to Qatar to to be met within 24 hours or new sanctions will be imposed against it by Saudi Arabia and its allies. The demands included:

  • Cutting diplomatic ties with Iran;
  • Halting the funding of the Muslim Brotherhood and expelling them from Qatar;
  • Halting the funding of Hamas and expelling its commanders from Qatar;
  • Stopping the work and broadcasting of Al-Jazeera TV fully;
  • Stopping Qatari interference in the Egyptian internal affairs;
  • Stop supporting terrorist groups.

According to Turkish media, the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party has accelerated legislation to allow Turkey to deploy troops to a military base in Qatar.

It appears to be that Turkey is supporting Qatar in the current crisis. In turn, Qatar offers support to Turkey and the Turkish-led armed groups in Syria and Libya.

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