Dubai 'indecent' viral video: Suspects face up to Dh500,000 fine, jail
Dubai Police detail laws that the suspects broke and the penalties they face.
Arrests were made after an "indecent video" shot in Dubai went viral online. The Dubai Police had late on Saturday announced that a group of suspects has been arrested, warning against such "unacceptable behaviour".
Listen to this story and more on 8@8 with David Light
The video shows more than a dozen women pose indecently in the balcony of a highrise in Dubai, as they are directed by a photographer. The police reminded residents that such acts do not "reflect the values of Emirati society".
The police also detailed the laws that the suspects may have broken in filming the video:
>> Publishing pornographic content
Article 17 of the UAE Cybercrime law specifies a fine of between Dh250,000 and Dh500,000 for anyone who "establishes, operates or supervises an electronic site and/or transmits, sends or publishes through an electronic site gambling or pornographic materials".
>> Lewd acts
Article 361 of the Federal Penal Code specifies a Dh5,000 fine and/or six-month jail for anyone who "publicly appeals, sings, or engages in lewd speech, and whoever seduces others publicly into debauchery in any manner whatsoever".
The UAE prosecutors had warned earlier this year that taking photos or videos of people without their consent — as well as sharing and saving these images — is an invasion of their privacy. This offence punishable in the UAE by a fine of up to Dh500,000 and imprisonment.
He had been on the run from the authorities for over eight years. READ MORE
Initiative seeks to teach multiple skills in bid to inculcate the... READ MORE
Schools have offered students and staff an extended break, starting... READ MORE
Police also warned about the dangers of distracted driving. READ MORE
More than 46 million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the... READ MORE
Bank of Baroda is suing Shetty for backing away from a collateral... READ MORE
Introduction of vaccine passports and other such measures making it... READ MORE
Meeting to include speeches by speakers and representatives of Arab... READ MORE