Five jailed, fined Dh1m for ridiculing state symbols online

Court jailed them for disseminating information online to ridicule and damage the reputation and prestige of the state symbols.

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Published: Wed 20 May 2015, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:40 PM

Abu Dhabi - Four people were imprisoned for life while one person was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the State Security Circuit at the Federal Supreme Court for disseminating information online to ridicule and damage the reputation and prestige of the state symbols. The defendants have also been fined Dh1 million each.

The five GCC nationals were charged with disseminating derogatory data, rumours and pictures on different websites and Twitter.

Four of the five defendants were sentenced to their respective jail terms in absentia. The court issued the verdicts based on the witnesses’ statements and expert reports.

Earlier, the public prosecution screened a film on the confession of the first defendant. It noted that the defendants had committed crime punishable under articles 29 and 41 of the Federal Law of Decree No 5/2012 on combatting information technology crimes; and also articles 102 and 103 of the Federal Penal Code and their amendments.

The first defendant appeared before the court in the presence of some of his relatives, representatives of the media and members of civil society organisations in the UAE.

Meanwhile, in another case, the court jailed an Emirati accused of abusing state symbols at his work place for three years. 



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