The Dubai Courts.
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DUBAI – The penalty for insulting someone in the UAE has been downgraded, with court trials to be replaced by payment of fines, the Attorney General recently ruled.
The crime was among 28 other minor crimes that will no longer need to be settled in court as part of efforts to speed up procedures in the UAE’s legal system.
Issuing public insults previously resulted in jail sentences of up to two years or a fine of up to Dh20,000 but under the new rule, this will now be punishable with a fine of Dh5,000.
Issuing insults via phone or in person will now be punishable with a fine of Dh3,000 instead of jail term of up to six months or a fine of up to Dh5,000.
Intentionally abusing or insulting others using telecommunication means will now be punishable with a fine of Dh3,000 instead of up to one year in jail or a fine of up to Dh10,000.
Issuing a public insult that does not include accusing the victim of an offence used to be punishable with jail term of up to one year or a fine of up to Dh10,000 but this will now be punishable with a fine of Dh3,000.
Privately issuing insults by any means will now be punishable with a fine of Dh2,000 instead of Dh5,000. The minor crimes, however, does not include insults aimed at government employees.
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