Dubai: Police in Ajman have arrested a Gulf national for allegedly recording and posting a video online, depicting a violent crime scene where two men died.
Ajman Police said the arrest was in connection to a video circulating on social media in the aftermath of a reported sword fight that left two young Emiratis dead on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road recently.
Three men from the Comoros Island were arrested in less than 12 hours after the incident, according to Colonel Abdullah Saif Al Matrooshi, Director of the Police Operations Department at Ajman Police.
Police said the suspect claimed to have taken the video, in order to show policemen performing their duty.
However, the suspect’s voice could be clearly heard as he described the incident and the victim’s injuries.
The Gulf national, according to police, was arrested on charges of “assaulting privacy using an IT device.”
Cybercrime Law and Privacy
The UAE Cybercrime Law No 5 of 2012, issued by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2012, includes stern punishments that could go up to a life sentence and/or a fine varying between Dh50,000 and Dh3 million, depending on the severity and seriousness of the cybercrime.
When it comes to social media, anyone who is found invading a person’s privacy by either recording audio or visual conversation or communication, shall be punished by imprisonment of a period of at least six months and a fine not less than Dh150,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000.
In addition, the cybercrime law makes it an offence to use any means of IT to breach someone else’s privacy, including taking pictures of others, or publishing or displaying those pictures.
The UAE Penal Code (Federal Law No 3 of 1987) also makes it an offence to transmit someone’s photograph without their consent.