The UAE’s strict cyber-crime laws have come under scrutiny again after it emerged that a British lady arrested remaining week in Dubai might also face up to 2 years in jail for making insulting remarks on Facebook about her ex-husband’s new spouse.
Londoner Laleh Shahravesh was arrested at Dubai airport. The 55-yr-old, thought to be of Iranian descent, turned into her manner to attend her former husband’s funeral.
According to the campaign institution Detained in Dubai, Shahravesh changed into married to her ex-husband for 18 years, at some point in which she lived inside the UAE for eight months. While she lowers back to the UK and her daughter, her husband stayed in the UAE, and the couple got divorced.
Shahravesh is said to have located that her ex-husband was remarrying whilst in 2016 she saw photographs of the brand new couple on Facebook. She described the brand new wife, Samah Al Hammadi, as a “horse” and known as her former husband an “idiot.”
Writing in Farsi, Shahravesh is said to have stated: “I wish you go beneath the floor, you idiot. Damn you. You left me for this horse”.
Shahravesh and her 14-12 months-antique daughter flew again to Dubai on 10 March to wait for the funeral of her former husband, who had died of a heart attack. She was arrested at the airport after her ex-husband’s new spouse, who lives in Dubai, mentioned the remarks that had been made almost 3 years in the past.
Following her arrest, Al Hammadi changed into said announcing that she had “suffered in silence” for years and alleged that Shahravesh had sent several disparaging and abusive comments because of the divorce.
Under the UAE’s cyber-crime laws, a person may be jailed or fined for making defamatory statements on social media. Shahravesh might also face up to two years in prison or a first-rate of £50,000, despite the 55-12 months-old writing the Facebook posts at the same time as inside the UK.
The case increases similar questions over the UAE’s response to troubles associated with cybersecurity, which came underneath the complaint after UAE courts issued British instructional Matthew Hedges an existence sentence.
Hedges turned into later launched after the Foreign Office (FCO) intervened on his behalf and searched for unfastened Shahravesh. It’s reported that officials at the FCO asked Al Hammadi to withdraw the allegation, but she is stated to have refused.
The FCO stated in an announcement: “Our staff is assisting a British girl and her family following her detention within the UAE.”
According to the BBC Shahravesh’s, 14-12 months-old daughter is placing together an enchantment for her mother’s launch. It also stated that the FCO had come under criticism from rights organizations for failing to competently warn vacationers approximately the UAE’s complex and intense cyber-crime laws.
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