UAE warns begging syndicates of Dh100,000 fine, jail time

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The UAE Public Prosecution has warned anew against organized begging or begging syndicates in the emirates, saying that the major crime is punishable with jail time and a fine of Dh100,000.

The warning came as authorities intensified a crackdown on beggars in the emirates this Ramadan.

According to the Public Prosecution, the federal decree law punishes begging syndicates as well as anyone who brings people into the country to use them as beggars.

The law says “anyone who organises begging, committed by an organised group of two or more persons, shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than six months and a fine of not less than Dh100,000.”

Anyone who participates in organised begging shall be punished by imprisonment of up to three months, and a minimum fine of Dh5,000. It shall be considered an aggravating circumstance if the perpetrator of organised begging is a guardian, trustee, or responsible for observing or caring for the beggar, or has direct authority over the beggar. ICA/Expat Media


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