Friday, December 27, 2013

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.

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.
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.

Tip: Charley Nestor


Doom said...

I can't say that is all wrong. I have some great doubts that this spoiled man-child will not think before he belts out abuse again. Canada, eh? It's already there, he is just on the left side of the laws... for now.

Entertaining, all around. Still, it would have been nice to see him spend some time in the time-out room. Just saying...

My waitress, or server, or service provider? People, doing humble work, sometimes too much work, and getting very little for it. I try to be kind. If I have a real problem, they have a real boss, and there can be real consequences, but I think I can get what is right without a single bad word, yelling, or such. Besides, that is hard on my own system.

slwlion1 said...

It's all Bush's fault !


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