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Up to Dh500,000 fine for illegal donation campaigns in UAE


DUBAI – The UAE Public Prosecution issued a fresh warning for individuals and companies collecting donations or funds without a licence at mosques and on social media, adding that hefty fines await violators.

On Wednesday (April 14), the Public Prosecution said that violators face up to Dh500,000 in fine and imprisonment for holding illegal fundraising or donation campaigns online.

Violators “shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine not less than Dh250,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000 or either of these two penalties whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or any information technology means to call or promote for the collection of donations without a licence accredited by the competent authority”.

Holding illegal donation or charity campaigns at mosques is also subject to penalties of jail time and fines, according to the Public Prosecution.

Under the UAE law, violators “shall be sentenced to imprisonment for maximum of three months or a fine of maximum Dh5,000 or either one of the two penalties, whoever collect donations or contributions at mosques without permission from the authorities”. ICA/Expat Media

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