Crime and Courts

Man fined Dh250,000 in Abu Dhabi for insulting woman on WhatsApp

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on October 27, 2020
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He also has to pay the woman Dh20,000 as compensation.

A young man has been ordered to pay a total of Dh270,000 for sending insulting and abusive messages to a woman through WhatsApp, an Abu Dhabi court ruled.

Court records stated that the young Arab woman presented the offensive WhatsApp messages to the police and filed a complaint against the defendant.

The police then launched an investigation and prosecutors referred the case to court, charging the man with violations of the law on the use of information technology.

The Abu Dhabi Misdemeanour Court had earlier found the man guilty and ordered him to pay a fine of Dh250,000.

When the woman filed a civil case against the defendant to claim compensation for moral damages, the court of first instance ruled that the man must pay her Dh20,000.

Hoping to get a higher compensation, the woman took the case to a higher court but her plea was denied. The appellate civil court upheld the Dh20,000 payout, which the man has to pay together with the Dh250,000 fine.

The UAE law on combatting cybercrimes imposes a penalty of imprisonment or a fine of not less than Dh250,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000 — or both — on whoever posts insulting comments online or sends slanderous and defaming messages to others via the Internet.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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