A government investigation into dozens of arrested men found they "worked in an organised and systematic matter" to distort the UAE's reputation, according to Wam, the state news agency.
The federal Cabinet yesterday heard the results of the inquiry so far into what the Attorney General described as a "foreign-linked group" that threatened state security.
Cabinet members expressed "absolute trust and confidence in the integrity of the judiciary", Wam said. They also expressed "pride at the support shown by people from all parts of the country" in their support of Sheikh Khalifa, the President.
According to Wam, the Attorney General's investigation showed that those arrested had "set up links with external elements and had worked in an organised and systematic manner, causing harm to the country and spreading false information to incite others against the country and distort its shining image before the world".
Amnesty International said on July 31 that about 35 men had been detained in the UAE since July 16, bringing the total arrests since March to about 50. Among those held was a lawyer who represented five activists arrested last year for threatening state security. The activists were convicted, then pardoned.
The Cabinet meeting yesterday was chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
Members told Wam they "will respect any outcome of the judicial process with regards to the persons in custody, stressing that justice will be served".