Crime and Courts

WhatsApp insults in UAE: Man to pay Dh250,000 fine, rules court

Ismail Sebugwaawo /Abu Dhabi Filed on October 27, 2020


He also has to pay a Dh20,000 compensation to the woman.

A young man will pay a fine of Dh250,000 for sending insulting and abusive messages to a woman through WhatsApp, an Abu Dhabi court ruled.

The Arab man was also told to pay Dh20,000 to the woman in compensation for the damages she suffered.

Official court documents stated that the young Arab woman had lodged a complaint with the authorities accusing the man of sending her abusive and insulting texts via WhatsApp.

She also presented to the police the offensive messages she received from the defendant.

After investigating the matter, prosecutors referred the case to the court on charges of violating the law on use of information technology.

The Abu Dhabi misdemeanour court had earlier sentenced the man to a fine of Dh250,000 after he was found guilty of violating the online law.

The woman was told to file a civil suit against the man to claim the compensation for the material and moral damages she suffered as a result of the unlawful act.

The civil court of first instance ordered the young man to pay a Dh20,000 compensation to the woman but she appealed the ruling because she was not satisfied with the payout.

The appellant civil court, however, upheld the Dh20,000 compensation payout for the woman. Besides the compensation payout, the Arab man also has to pay the Dh250,000 fine over conviction for the abusive WhatApp messages.

Article 20 of The Federal Law No.5 2020 on combating cybercrimes stipulates that a person is subject to punishment if they carry out the crimes by using the internet or any forms of information technology.

The UAE law imposes a penalty of imprisonment or a fine of not less than Dh250,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000 or both penalties on whoever posts insulting comments online or sends slanderous and defaming messages to others via the internet.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country's parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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