Verbal Or Online Insults in UAE Can Get You Fined Or Imprisoned

A man who insulted a woman on a news website has been ordered to pay a Dh10,000 fine, The National reports. This follows an earlier case in which a man who sent a text message accusing another man, his wife and entire family of lying was convicted of verbal assault on the honour and prestige of the recipient, and ordered to pay a Dh1,000 fine.

In spring 2014, James Kottak, drummer for the heavy metal band, the Scorpions, was sentenced to a month in jail after he acknowledged drinking five glasses of wine on a airplane. Then upon arriving in the UAE, he was accused of loudly insulting Islam, and lifting his middle finger at Muslims in the Dubai airport. Police said he also exposed his behind. He denied the additional charges. Coverage in The National.

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