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UAE: Court acquits woman found violating social media rules

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi
ismail@khaleejtimes.com Filed on April 22, 2021

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Appeals court rap the authorities for lack of implementation of information technology rules.


A young woman, who was convicted for persistent use of her Twitter account, despite a lower court order to suspend it because of violation of online rules, has been acquitted on appeal.

The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals cancelled an earlier ruling by the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, which had fined the accused, who is of Arab origin, Dh5,000 and seized her mobile phones for non-compliance with the lower court's order to suspend her Twitter account.

Court documents revealed that the woman was convicted for violation of online rules and ordered the suspension of her Twitter account.

However, she flouted the court order and continued to use her Twitter account.

The court slapped another case because of her intransigence. She was found guilty of the charge and convicted for the crime.

Later, she moved the appeals court, challenging the lower court verdict.

Her lawyer argued that since the authorities did not suspend the account, her client should not be penalised for the oversight.

He urged the court to acquit her because she was innocent.

The appeals court heard both the parties and overturned the lower court’s ruling and acquitted the woman.

The judge said the onus was on the authorities to implement the information technology rules.

ismail@khaleejtimes.com

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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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