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Man on trial in Dubai for insulting Islam online
Marie Nammour /Dubai
Filed on March 6, 2017
A man is on trial for trying to flee the UAE after allegedly insulting Islam on social media.
The 31-year-old Indian electric welder is accused of posting messages -
insulting Islam and disrespecting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - on Facebook
on November 6, 2016, the Court of First Instance was told on Sunday.
Even though he deleted all the posts and details on his account shortly
after, copies of the messages were obtained, translated and used as
evidence by the Dubai public prosecution.
The complaint was filed on November 7 at Al Rashidiyah police station.
The accused was arrested two days later while trying to leave the
country through Dubai International Airport. His mobile phone,
allegedly used to post the messages, was seized.
He has been charged with disrespecting the Prophet (PBUH) online.
According to the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence, the
defendant's Facebook account was accessed from his own mobile phone.
The last time he logged out was on November 7, according to initial investigations.
No hacking was suspected.
It was not yet clear whether his account was accessed by another party through another device.
The trial has been adjourned to March 21.
Dubai imprisons Norwegian woman who reported rape
Michael Winter, USA TODAY
8:21 p.m. EDT July 18, 2013
Businesswoman was convicted of having sex outside of marriage, in
addition to perjury and drinking alcohol. Rape laws in the emirates
tilt against victims.
A Dubai court has sentenced a Norwegian woman to 16 months in jail for
having sex outside of marriage after she reported being raped,
according to news reports from the United Arab Emirates.
Deborah Dalelv, 24, was convicted Wednesday. She was also found guilty
of perjury and of drinking alcohol, the English-language Local
reported. The Norway Post said she was 25.
told police March 6 that she was raped while in the emirate on
business. Her father said she was instead jailed for four days and had
her passport and money confiscated. She was then charged.
Norwegian diplomats secured her release to the local Norwegian Seamen's Church.
Norwegian Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that the verdict
"flies in the face of our notion of justice" and was "highly
problematic" in terms of Western human rights.
For a rape conviction, United Arab Emirates law requires either a confession or four adult male witnesses to the attack.
case was not reported in the two major English-language newspapers in
the United Arab Emirates, The National and The Khaleej Times.
Similar cases involving foreigners and Emirati women have been reported in the past few years.
December, a 28-year-old British woman who reported being kidnapped and
gang-raped by three men in Dubai was found guilty of drinking alcohol
without a license. She was fined $257.
years ago, an Abu Dhabi court sentenced an 18-year-old Emirati woman to
a year in prison for illicit sex after she reported that six men had
2008, an Australian woman managing a United Arab Emirates resort
reported being brutally gang-raped while unconscious because she had
been drugged. She was convicted of illegal sex outside marriage and
sentenced to 11 months in prison, in addition to one month for drinking
She was pardoned after eight months, as were three men convicted of raping her.
it comes to seeking justice for sexual violence, women in the UAE still
face formidable and often insurmountable barriers," a Human Rights
Watch researcher told The Independent.
Rights Watch has accused the United Arab Emirates of condoning sexual
violence and called changes to its procedures for rape victims.
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