Dubai says all charges in YouTube beating case dropped

Attorney General says cases against gov't official, man who videoed attack have been dropped

A still from the video which went viral after being posted on YouTube.

A still from the video which went viral after being posted on YouTube.

Dubai's Attorney General said on Sunday that the cases against a government official accused of assaulting a van driver and the man who videoed the incident have been dropped.

Essam Al Humaidan, head of Dubai Public Prosecution, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the Indian expat and Emirati will be released after the complaints against them were withdrawn.

Al Humaidan said the van driver had waived his rights, as had the family of the Emirati suspect, and both cases had been closed.

Prosecutors had originally accused the first defendant of "physical assault" and the second defendant of "posting a video online with intent to cause damage".

The Emirati suspect, who works as a manager at a government department, was arrested after footage of a road rage incident was posted on YouTube.

The video of the attack – seen by thousands of people globally – was uploaded on Youtube.

It showed a senior Emirati government official brutally attacking an Indian driver after an apparent accident in Dubai.

The Indian was later arrested after the Emirati's family complained that the expat had acted illegally by filming people in a public place without their permission.

Al Humaidan also urged people to hand over video evidence of suspected crimes to the police and not publish it on the web.

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Posted by: Shirtl Iftar

I wonder how much that 3 digit license plate went for

Posted by: Bharat Shah

I am from India and I can guarantee you in no country of the world , be it USA, India or Europe, will a top government official be charged for beating someone. So let us salute the UAE for being a place where law is equal for everyone and justice is given to all

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

This whole thing was a massive storm in a teacup and most of the commentators are just playing the race game incited by AB. There are far more important things to be concerned about like the stabbing the same day of an Indian worker in Sharjah, and after appearing to stumble about a bit, actually the Dubai Authorities as per usual came to a pragmatic and balanced outcome. We are lucky to live in a country where this is considered front page news.

Posted by: Sal

What about the victim who was mercilessly beaten in public?! Does he get any compensation?

Posted by: Rajesh Pillai

Its another example for different kinds of law for different kind of people. It's really shame on those who are ruling & the whole police department. But nobody never escape from GOD's judgment. Because for GOD, there is no crown & common people.

Posted by: Mark

I think what you meant is there is no escaping from judgement by God because when God judges us in the end we are all judged as equal human beings. There is no human being greater than the other. The locals will see this on judgement Day by Allah.

Posted by: beautiful

i totally agree with u...God is our vengeance

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