Dubai Police refuse bail for man who filmed Emirati attack

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The man who filmed an Emirati attacking an Indian in Dubai last week is still being held in custody.

The man who filmed an Emirati attacking an Indian in Dubai last week is still being held in custody.

The man who filmed an Emirati attacking an Indian in Dubai last week is still being held in custody, after being refused bail by Dubai Police.

The 22-year-old Indian is being held at Al Qusais police station, after the son of the Emirati filmed in the attack filed a complaint for defamation.

The video of the attack – seen by hundreds of thousands of people globally – was uploaded on Youtube. It shows a senior Emirati government official brutally attacking an Indian driver after an apparent accident in Dubai. The Emirati has also since been arrested.

According to Gulf News, the video uploader is an Indian business management graduate, who was arrested on Tuesday evening.  His arrest follows a complaint to police by the son of the Emirati official filmed in the attack, claiming  his father had been defamed after the video was posted on Youtube.

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

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Posted by: Sam

Ah Dubai Again?

Come on people, if you're asking common sense to prevail here, you're asking for too much !

Last week, I walked out of my office at about 5 pm (fasting and hence tired) to cross the road only about 50 meters away from the zebra crossing - when the road was empty, and to save my self from the possibility of missing the green pedestrian sign, and of course avoiding the time spent out in the sun when fasting.

The policeman (a rather old guy) waited for me to cross the road and then came running all the way to me to catch me and take me back from the SAME ROUTE - when i told him, he should use the pedestrian crossing too - he just told me in Arabic no it was too hot to walk back ;)

I then realized they had been sitting in a private Toyota Hiace with totally tinted glasses - watching, observing and letting a violation happen, only to fine you.

But the problem is, when I complain about it - Dubai Police will say that I am trying to defame them & wont listen to my problem

Posted by: Mariam

No the problem here StopDefamation, is that Sam is very arrogant and is a 'guest' of the UAE, so who is he to smart back to a UAE police officer? Sam violated the law. This whole issue which is now concluded, (so your late Sam with your comment!) is that this highlights an entire bigger issue and that is population imbalance. When you have expats that exceed the population levels of ALL other nationals/expats they become arrogant and entitled. Bottom-line is you are still a guest. You were rude and he (a rather old guy) REALLY? was too polite to you. Learn respect of the UAE, Sam!

Posted by: StopDefamation

I think you should be jailed with no bail for making this kind of comments!!!!

Posted by: LarryP

This is absolutely crazy. The cameraman should be applauded not thrown in prison.

Don't you get it? How you react will affect everyone, Emiratis included.

Do the right thing.

Posted by: Saqr

Unfortunately, some expats are making a mountain out of a molehill. This is nothing but a clear case of road rage, there has been far worse cases where the drivers come to blows, which has not happened here. Let us all control ourselves on the roads and on such forums and refrain from painting Dubai in a bad light and discussing this topic in offices and behind closed doors, remember that this is the same city that feeds you and your families. On the same note, Dubai Police should be applauded to refuse bail for the man who filmed the incident and posted it on You Tube, his intentions were clearly to defame Dubai and attract damaging publicity to the same city that feeds him as well.

Posted by: ThanksForExplainingThisToUs

I guess being beaten by an emirati in the road (and a Government official no less!!!) it is something expats should not only expect but be grateful.
And if they do not like it, hey they can always take the road to the airport

And yes you can have the laws you like, and guess what, the rest of the world can criticize them. Exactly the same way you do with many other countries (do you want examples)

Posted by: Ahmed

Until the laws change, the police are successfully doing their job by refusing him bail and btw ThankfullyWeGotYou, they did do their job and you have not seen the computer drives that they confiscated from his home. Thought he could film an Emirati official (btw he knew it was an Emirati official by the three digit license plate) and put the incident on YouTube in order to disgrace him? Really? Saqr has a valid point, if he doesn't like the country and doesn't wish to respect the legal process which would have been to submit the tape to police, not put it on YouTube, then he shouldn't live in Dubai. Quit trying to change the laws in a society, the laws are the laws, if the Emirities want to change them they will, this is a proactive government and should be a respected one.

Posted by: ThankfullyWeGotYou

...to instruct us on what is and is not important.

And btw the outrage right now it is not at the Road Rage (btw can you tell us how many Emiratis have been attacked by a foreigner in the last 24 months) but at how this has been handled by Dubai Police. This and the Norwegian woman issue have been great for Dubai's international reputation

Posted by: farhan Akhtar

Alas, Alas, Alas! I would not comment may be they will held me even on that...

Posted by: Pissed

On The National, the police rep said even if you take a video and go straight to the police, it will be like walking in to turn yourself in. In other words, video and photographic evidence mean nothing.

"He said recording a crime in public and taking the recording to the police would be the same as turning yourself in for breaching people?s rights.

?People are not allowed to film any incident, even if they see a crime being committed. The act of recording the incident is illegal in itself. Even if you take it to the police and don?t publish it, you are still in violation of the law.?

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