Dubai Police could allow public to film crimes

Move being considered after man who uploaded video is arrested

Lieutenant general Dahi Khalfan Tamim, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police.

Lieutenant general Dahi Khalfan Tamim, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police.

Dubai police are considering changes in the law which would allow the public to film crimes they believe are taking place.

The move comes after the arrest of a 22 year old Indian last week, who filmed an senior UAE official attacking an Indian van driver following a driving incident.

The 22 year old – who then uploaded the video on Youtube – has since been arrested on charges of defamation.

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.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Acting Chief of Dubai Police told Gulf News that Dubai Police is studying a suggestion which will allow people to send in photos and video clips of those who breaking traffic rules or committing any wrongdoing on main roads that may affect public safety.

However, they are not allowed to put the videos on the web to defame others.

“We are working on implementing this suggestions as per the directions of Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police,” said Major General Al Mazeina.

He said this step is in line with Dubai Police’s keenness to cooperate and communicate with the public on all levels.

Major General Al Mazeina said authorised expatriate and Emiratis will be allowed to take such videos and send them to the Dubai Police operation room.

“People will not be allowed to publish such kind of videos or pictures in any means of media other than sending them to the police operation room, which will allow police to take the required action against the offenders,” he said.

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Posted by: Expat

Seeing the unfolding circumstances in this case and the mental distress the up loader would have suffered, I bet, even if the law changes to allow filming, people are now more discouraged to record crimes and will now think twice even if they see a severe crime. Which is disappointing

Posted by: JohnB

There is no way to sympathise with the actions of the local. I have been involved in car accidents here with people who have driven awfully; I keep my temper no matter how I feel inside.

Posted by: JohnB

I wrote a 999 character comment, which included clarifying how making the video public could certainly be considered 'defamation'. My comment was 'abridged' to what you see above. I shan't bother to write again.

Posted by: Andy

This way corruption can be hidden and the identity of the criminals can be withheld from the eye of the public. I would have to disagree with this. By hiding the actions and crimes of criminals regardless of what Nationality or race they are would mean someone is helping cover up crimes for locals. This is not right because innocent civilians regardless of their nationality or race could become victims to violence or crime to criminals who remain unknown to us. Even on the Police Headquarters Website the identity of all local criminals is withheld from the eye of the public which is why you do not see any wanted locals on the wanted list.

Editors, if you want to be honest about this then both sides of the story must be heard. Hopefully and Inshallah (as they say in Arabic) You will publish and not edit or moderate this post.

Posted by: Ahmed Abdulrahman

I fully agree that filming people with their consent and then publish it on public media is illegal. It is simply called defamation.
To film a crime in the process and then send it to the police now that is good citizen responsibility. Hail Dubai police for keeping Dubai safe for all.

Posted by: CheckWIthALawyer

Defamation is not what you think it is.
When people say/do something you do not like or you do not agree is not "defamation"
Actually judging from your post I would say that is good sense.

Posted by: Reza

since this man's action resulted in Dubai police to change its law and allow citizens to post their films from the crime scenes, Can we request the Police to release him and thank him for high- lighting such a defect in the present Law ?

Posted by: yvonnedsouza

he should be released atleast he brought to light the crime,,, as this happens a lot and it goes on the blind side of all...

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