False criminal complaint in UAE could land you in jail, warns Federal Public Prosecution

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False criminal complaint in UAE could land you in jail, warns Federal Public Prosecution

 

ABU DHABI – The Federal Public Prosecution has warned the public against filing a false criminal complaint to “mislead justice”, which is punishable with a jail sentence.

“According to article 266 of Federal Penal Code, shall be subject to jail sentence, whoever, with the intention of misleading justice, changes the conditions of persons, places or things, conceals evidence of the crime or submits false information in their respect, knowing that they are not true,” according to the Federal Public Prosecution.

According to the public prosecution, filing a criminal complaint becomes a crime when the following elements are met:

– When an official report is filed.

– When the reported matter involves criminal penalty or administrative sanctions.

– If the report is filed with judicial or administrative authorities

– The report must be proven to be false

– The mens rea (criminal intent) which consists of two elements, namely that the reporter knowingly knows that the facts are false and he or she intentionally intends to cause harm to the person against whom the report has been filed

According to the Federal Public Prosecution, disclosure of the identity of the person against whom the report has been filed is “not essential to establish the crime”.

However, it is mandatory that the report includes a statement which sufficently designates such person in clear manner, the prosecution added. ICA/Expat Media


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