Malabar Gold ex-employee gets Dhs 250,000 fine, deportation

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An Indian national accused of defaming his former employer – Malabar Gold and Diamonds – on social media last August has been slapped a fine of Dh 250,000 and deportation.

The Court of First Instance in Dubai issued the verdict against the man in absentia for misusing information technology means, Gulf News has reported.

The man had worked with the group for a few years and resigned in 2015.

The court has also ordered to delete the related photos and close his Facebook profile for one year.

Arrest for defaming Facebook post

He was one of the many social media users in India and the UAE who trolled the company for running a competition for its customers on Pakistan’s Independence Day in Dubai.

The Dubai Police had arrested the youth, who hails from Thrissur, Kerala, in August 2016, after their investigation found that he posted manipulated images of Pakistan National Day celebrations held at a money exchange, Khaleej Times reported.

The ex-employee also posted a message appealing to people to boycott Malabar Gold and Diamond products, the report added.

Baseless accusation against the group

Though Pakistan National Day celebrations and cake-cutting ceremony were conducted by another company, the hate campaigners portrayed it as an event organised by Malabar Gold and Diamonds and called for boycotting the group – accusing it of “treason” against India.

The trolls were also followed by protests against the company in India. Soon Malabar Gold withdrew the competition and lodged complaints with the police in India and Dubai. The jewellery brand claimed this act damaged the company’s reputation.

A case was registered against the accused because he had shared the post even though he was aware that the event in the photo was held in another company and the people photographed are not from Malabar Gold.

Apparently, he confessed to sharing the post to take revenge against the company for ill-treating him by not granting him leave while he was working with it.

According to Khaleej Times, while the company claimed that it had withdrawn the case after getting a confession and an unconditional apology from the defendant, the Dubai Public Prosecution went ahead with the charges.

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Though he was released after he kept his passport as a guarantee, he is presently in detention following the latest verdict, his current employer told the daily.

The convict has the right to appeal the verdict within seven days.

Published on 14 March 2017

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