Dubai police arrest ‘shock video’ uploader

Man behind Youtube video faces a fine of up to AED20,000 or two years in jail

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.

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Posted by: Natsky

So what happened why has the publications stopped reporting about it?

Posted by: Ian

The laws of the UAE (and many other countries - indeed the UK is in no way perfect) may be unjust and in some instances totally flawed, but the laws of God are not. They will received justice in one life or another.

Posted by: Ian

Why was my comment edited? Over half of my comment has been removed. Nothing rude of libellous either. Tut Tut. I am disappointed in you Arabian Business. Will you edit this one too??

Posted by: Louis

Dear Dubai Police,

You do not arrest a person for recording a crime. You thank him for his work and award him. Without his recording this crime would have gone unnoticed.

To the person who recorded this crime, do not worry, the whole world is behind you. What you did was brave and showed the reality. Everyone else should also do the same report the crime without fear of persecution.

Thanks to those UAE local national's who have supported the person who recorded the crime and condemned the actions of the UAE official. There are many decent and matured minded UAE national's. But there are quite a few local's think that they are above the law and ill treat other nationalities almost everyday. Hope that this incidence is an eye opener for the authorities to start taking serious steps towards mutual respect for other residents in the UAE.

Posted by: Ahmed

Let me just put it out there... if this man intentionally tried to humiliate an Emirati official in a public forum with malicious intent, this is crime in the UAE. If those computer hard drives that were confiscated by the police from his home confirm this, this is why he being denied bail. This man saw that the car had a three digit license plate, so he knew it was an Emirati official and he still went home and uploaded it on YouTube? He should have rendered the video to police.

Posted by: Ray J

Isn't the UAE and Dubai in particular trying to project itself as a progressive city- state? so can they please explain in clear terms what crime the man shooting the video committed? surely not sufficient to warrant arrest and imprisonment? The World awaits your explanations sirs.... thank you

Posted by: ahmed

Dear Louis,

You don't record a crime in the UAE and put it on YouTube, you render the video to police and you let the authorities handle the situation.


I am not a UAE local national.

Posted by: John

Wrong signal from Dubai to the rest of the world

Posted by: PVV

We are in the 21st century: data, news and images are shared instantaneously across borders. Citizen journalism is at the forefront of universal freedom. Dubai is a modern city with a focus towards the future. The law should reflect this modernity and in no society is it fair to punish the person who exposes injustice!

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