Indian expat gets jail, AED 500,000 fine for insulting religion on Facebook

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An Indian expatriate, working as a welder in Dubai, has been sentenced to one year in jail and AED 500,000 fine on charges of insulting Islam on social media.

The Court of First Instance was earlier told the 31-year-old worker posted the messages on Facebook in which he disrespected Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Khaleej Times reported.

Even though he deleted all the posts and details on his account shortly later, copies of the messages were obtained, translated and used as evidence by the public prosecution in the case against him.

Public prosecution records show the defendant tried to flee the UAE shortly after posting the messages.

The complaint was filed on November 6 last year, at Al Rashidiya police station by an Indian man who read the messages.

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The accused was arrested two days later while trying to leave the country. His mobile phone from which he made the posts was seized and no hacking was suspected.

The court found the accused guilty and has ordered him to pay fine of AED 500,000 and he would be deported after jail term.

Published on 31 May 2017

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