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Dubai man jailed for insulting Islam on Facebook loses appeal

Marie Nammour /Dubai
Filed on September 12, 2017
Khaleej Times

An electricity welder, sentenced to one year in jail on the charge of insulting Islam on social media, has lost his appeal in court.

The Court of First Instance convicted the 31-year-old Indian worker in May of disrespecting and insulting Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) in posts he shared on Facebook.

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

The primary court then sentenced him to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a Dh500,000 fine - to be deported afterwards. He filed an appeal as he denied the charges on the grounds his account had been hacked but he lost the appeal after the court upheld the earlier ruling.

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 Rashidiyah police station by an Indian man who read the messages.

The accused was arrested two days later while trying to leave the country. His mobile phone from which he made the posts was also seized.

According to the General Directorate of Criminal Evidence, the defendant's Facebook account was used from his own mobile phone and no hacking was suspected. The last time he signed out was on November 7, last year.

The defendant may still challenge the appellate court verdict within 30 days.

Man on trial in Dubai for insulting Islam online

Marie Nammour /Dubai

Filed on March 6, 2017
Khaleej Times

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.

Marte 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.

Dalelv 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.

The 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.

The 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.

In 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.

Three 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 gang-raped her.

In 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 alcohol.

She was pardoned after eight months, as were three men convicted of raping her.

"When 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.

Human Rights Watch has accused the United Arab Emirates of condoning sexual violence and called changes to its procedures for rape victims.