UAE: Court turns down falsely accused lawyer's plea for compensation
A GCC national had sued the lawyer for allegedly threatening him over WhatsApp.
Ras Al Khaimah Civil Court refused to compensate a lawyer who had been falsely sued by a GCC national who alleged that he had threatened him via WhatsApp.
The court ruled out any instance of the man misusing his rights by accusing the lawyer without providing solid evidence.
Although the lawyer had been cleared of his accusations, he pleaded that the court order the man to compensate him for the financial and moral damage he suffered due to the false report.
“I was stopped at the police station for no reason and was prevented from travelling until the end of investigations,” the lawyer told the court.
“I have been working as a legal advisor for 30 years during which I have been known for my honesty, integrity and reliability,” he added. “I own and run several companies in the UAE and abroad, which were all negatively affected after I was unreasonably held.”
The court, however, maintained that everyone had the right to approach the court for judicial help, provided they did so without “causing damage to others” and provided “solid evidence” for their claims.
The court acknowledged that the GCC national abused his legal right to sue by failing to substantiate his claims.
However, it held that the lawyer had failed to produce substantial proof that the GCC man’s actions were done in bad faith and maintained that he did not lodge a complaint with the explicit purpose of causing the lawyer harm.
The lawyer’s plea has been turned down and he has been ordered to pay the court charges and due fees.
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