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DUBAI – A 34-year-old Indian man who posted a caricature mocking Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) on Facebook will be deported from the UAE after serving a three-month jail term.
The incident happened in September 2017 and was reported to police by the Indian man’s co-worker.
“The image was a caricature of a man dressed in a turban and an Arabic traditional dress displayed in an inappropriate manner. The word Mohammed was written under that character. The photograph had connotations that the figure in the image was involved in indecent acts,” the co-worker testified.
Police arrested the Indian man at his workplace in Business Bay and confiscated the mobile phone that he used to post the photo.
In December, the Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the Indian man of of insulting Islam and the Prophet and sentenced him to three months in jail followed by deportation. He wasl also fined Dh5,000.
He appealed the verdict, but was denied. The court also upheld the primary verdict against him.
He had claimed to prosecutors that he shared the image on Facebook without realising that the content was offensive. GAD/Expat Media
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