UAE law: Up to Dh50,000 fine for destroying national, historical, public, private documents

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Up to Dh50,000 fine for destroying public documents

The UAE Public Prosecution (PP) highlighted the penalties for neglecting to preserve public, historical, national, or private documents under Federal Law related to the National Library and Archives.

UAE PP recently posted a video on its social media on Monday (March 13) regarding matters of destroying documents.

The prosecution also said that if the document subject to destruction by neglect is confidential, the penalty shall be detention for a minimum term of six months and a maximum of one year.

Also, there will be a fine of no less than Dh20,000 and no more than Dh50,000 or either of these penalties.

According to the UAE PP, imposing the penalties stipulated in this legislation “shall be without prejudice to any severer penalty provided for in another law.”

This is a result of the UAE PP’s ongoing initiatives to increase community members’ legal literacy and familiarity with the most recent laws in the country. KD/Expat Media

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