Risky Speech in Dubai
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates) Visitors to the UAE need to be aware of the penalties for criminal insults.
A director managed to have his one-month jail sentence scrapped and replaced by a Dh3,000 fine for swearing at an etisalat [telecom company] employee using the f-word.It's not clear how "bite me" and "get bent" would be viewed by the court, however, it's presumed that "up yours" would warrant jail time.
The Dubai Appeal Court cancelled the imprisonment against the 43-year-old Canadian director and replaced it with the fine after contending that he told the Egyptian employee to f*** off and not f*** you.
The Dubai Misdemeanour Court had earlier convicted the Canadian of insulting the 29-year-old employee who claimed the defendant told him f*** you when the latter came to carry out a transaction at etisalat’s counter at Mirdif City Centre.
The appellate court reduced the imprisonment to a fine after the Canadian’s lawyer Uday Al Kazwini of Dar Al Balagh Advocates and Legal Consultants, argued that his client used a metaphorical expression when he said f*** off and not f*** you.
Tip: Charley Nestor