Briton fined AED3,000 for insulting Ramadan

Dubai court fines 31-year-old woman for insulting religious celebration on Facebook
Briton fined AED3,000 for insulting Ramadan
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Wed 20 Jul 2011 12:50 PM

A British expat has been fined AED3, 000 for insulting Ramadan on a social networking site and calling her colleague a dictator, it was reported Wednesday.

The 31-year old woman, who admitted posting a status update on her Facebook page expressing her dislike for Ramadan, was charged at the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours on Tuesday, according to The National.

The colleague of the accused, an Egyptian woman, said in a statement to the court that she had seen a “disrespectful” status update about Ramadan on September 4 last year. 

“I told her to not say such things about the holy month as she was in a Muslim country,” she was quoted as telling prosecutors by the paper.

The accused responded by calling the woman stupid and ignorant and saying she was a closed-minded dictator and a follower of bin Laden, said the newspaper.

Police referred the accused to prosecutors eight months later on charges of insulting a religious creed. That charge was dismissed before being referred to the court on insult charges.

Judge Mohammed Ahmed Shoaib fined the accused AED3,000. 

Dubai police officials warned last month that non-Muslims risk arrest if they are caught eating in public during Ramadan, when consuming food and drink is banned under UAE laws between sunrise and sunset.

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