BBC Online : A court in Abu Dhabi has sentenced 20 Egyptians and 10 UAE citizens to up to five years in prison after finding them guilty of national security charges. The Islamists denied setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and stealing secret information from the security services. They will have no right to appeal. Amnesty International said the case was “littered with irregularities”, and many of the defendants told the court they had been tortured or ill-treated. The UAE authorities have denied using torture and the court ordered medical tests for some of the defendants when their trial started in November. All 10 of the Emiratis had been convicted along with 59 others in July in a separate mass trial of attempting to overthrow the country’s political system and sentenced to prison terms of up to 10 years.