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Dubai airport cop jailed over Messi social media stunt

Policeman receives 1-month sentence after uploading image of superstar’s passport onto Snapchat

Dubai airport cop jailed over Messi social media stunt
Lionel Messi (Getty Images)

A policeman working at Dubai International Airport has been jailed for one month, following an incident in which he had posted an image of Lionel Messi passport on social networking site Snapchat.

The Emirati policeman, JJ, snapped the picture while the Argentinian football superstar was in Dubai in December to collect the best player award from Global Soccer.

Gulf News reported that a judge in the Dubai Misdemeanours Court had convinced the policeman of abusing the telecommunications system at the airport and of posting the image on social media.

The defendant pleaded guilty last week and asked for leniency. The case is subject to appeal within 15 days.

Court records show the policeman posted the image on Snapchat and wrote a comment that read ‘This is Messi here in Dubai … what shall I do now? Burn his passport or let it go! Alas … I will let [it] go’.

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