Dubai Attorney General says young males were released as there was "no evidence of criminal intent"
Two men arrested for posting a selfie on social media featuring The Address Downtown Dubai fire in the background have been released, Attorney General of Dubai Essam Al Humaidan confirmed in a statement issued by the official state news agency WAM.
The Attorney General said that the Public Prosecution in Dubai decided to release the two unnamed young men following a thorough investigation and review of the posted picture and case file and after listening to all witnesses.
The Public Prosecution has closed the case since no evidence of criminal intent has been established against the young men, the WAM statement said.
The Attorney General called on individuals to exercise caution and discretion when posting any material on social media and refrain from spreading rumours, defaming others or violating other people’s freedom so that they do not breach any laws, it added.
A fire engulfed the 63-storey The Address Downtown luxury hotel and residential tower on New Year's Eve. Authorities are still investigating the cause and the hotel is closed indefinitely.