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Man lands in UAE court for calling co-worker ’silly’


DUBAI – A man is currently standing trial for allegedly calling his co-worker “silly”, putting the focus back on the UAE’s law against throwing insults and profanities.

At least two people have faced trial in the UAE for allegedly insulting their friends, according to reports.

In the latest case, the man’s co-worker felt insulted after the former called him “silly” during a football match in Sharjah, according to Khaleej Times.

In October last year, a man who called a woman “fool” in a WhatsApp message was fined Dh20,000.

In the UAE, it is illegal to say insults or profanities. Violators face a fine of up to Dh500,000 and a jail term.

If a person was offended by an insult or an obscene gesture then the insult or gesture is considered a violation of the law.

People who cast insults verbally are punishable with the federal penal code while those who post insults online are punishable under the UAE’s anti-cybercrime law.

The federal penal code states that anyone who “casts another, by any publicity means, with any statement that affects his honour or dignity” face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to Dh10,000. The fine is Dh5,000 if the insult is done through telephone or letter. Those who insult public figures face stiffer penalties.

Meanwhile, anyone who posts offensive language or insults online are punishable by “imprisonment and a fine not less than Dh250,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000” under the UAE anti-cybercrime law. GAD/Expat Media


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