Whoever said that 'silence is golden' couldn't have guessed that swearing at someone via WhatsApp could land you a $68,000 fine, or worse, deportation, in the UAE.
The new federal law might take place if a man convicted of swearing at a colleague in a WhatsApp message is found guilty after prosecutors appealed the initial "lenient" fine of Dhs3,000 ($800) to The Federal Supreme Court.
Local newspaper Emarat Al Youm recently reported that the Federal Supreme Court "supported the prosecutor's appeal and affirmed the need for the enforcement of the law governing information technology crimes involving a Dh250,000 fine and deportation from the country". A date for the new trial is yet to be confirmed.
Court documents showed that the man, whose nationality is unknown, was prosecuted after his colleague complained to police that he swore in a message and also threatened to harm him.
The exact words used by the defendant were not revealed by the court, but simply said that they were "insulting", according to 7Days UAE. The defendant denied the charges.
Both the first instance and appeal courts found the man guilty of committing a cyber crime and ordered him to pay Dhs3,000. He was cleared of threatening to harm his colleague, according to 7Days UAE.
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