Crime and Courts

Police arrest young man for insulting the UAE currency in viral video

Ahmed Shaaban /Umm Al Quwain Filed on July 16, 2020
man insults uae notes, viral video

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The young man admitted to the charges pressed against him.

The Umm Al Quwain Police have arrested a Gulf citizen for allegedly insulting the UAE national currency.

The arrest followed after a video of the incident went viral on social media, and was tracked down by the cybercrime section of the force.

Brigadier Humaid Mattar, Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, said they managed to identify the young culprit in record time.

"Armed with the public prosecution's permission, the identity and location of the young man was tracked down, and later arrested."

The young man admitted to the charges pressed against him, Brig Mattar added.

"He was referred to the public prosecution for legal action as per article (5) of the Anti-Cybercrime Federal Law No (5) for the year 2012."

"As per Article (29) of the same law, a jail term (undetermined), and a hefty fine of not more than Dh1 million shall be imposed upon anyone involved in any practice that defames, disgraces, or belittles the country or any of its entities."

In May this year, the Dubai Police arrested a young man over a video that he posted on social media in which he can be seen insulting the UAE's national currency. In the viral video, the suspect can be seen 'pretend-sneezing' and using a currency note to clean himself after.

Ahmed Shaaban

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