Dubai police has confirmed it has arrested the motorist who filmed an Emirati government official physically assaulting an Indian van driver and uploaded it to the Youtube video-sharing website.
On Tuesday, the unnamed Emirati featured in the video was arrested and has had his case referred to the Public Prosecution. His family also subsequently filed a case against the Indian motorist who uploaded the controversial video to Youtube and Dubai police have confirmed they have also made an arrest in this case and an investigation has begun.
“They [the official’s family] are accusing him of defamation and insult. No one has the right to record any person without his permission. This man should have presented the video to police to investigate, not put it on the internet,” General Khamis Mattar Al Muzaina, deputy director of Dubai Police, told 7DAYS newspaper.
“The official is in custody and faces a charge of minor assault. The videomaker continues to be questioned. He has not yet had any charges laid against him,” he added.
The family of the video uploader confirmed police officials had visited their house and removed computer equipment for examination.
Under UAE law, the Emirati who assaulted the Indian van driver faces up to a year in jail or a maximum of fine of up to AED10,000 for minor assault, while the Indian motorist who filmed and uploaded the video faces a maximum of two years in jail or a fine of up to AED20,000 if convicted of filming without permission or defamation.
The video has attracted over 192,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded on July 15.