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Dubai appeals court acquits policeman in Messi privacy case

Policeman was jailed in February for posting a video showing Lionel Messi's passport on social media

Dubai appeals court acquits policeman in Messi privacy case
Lionel Messi (Getty Images)

A Dubai court of appeal has reportedly acquitted a policeman who was jailed for posting a video showing Lionel Messi's passport on social media.

The man was jailed in February for breaching the Argentine footballer's privacy and for having "abused the telecommunications system", AFP reported, citing local media.

On Tuesday, he was acquitted after his lawyer appealed the verdict, arguing that his client's action caused no harm to the Barcelona striker.

The lawyer also said that the officer got the permission of Messi's business manager to shoot the video.

The policeman had pleaded guilty and admitted he was wrong to have uploaded the post of Messi's passport to Snapchat after the incident in December at Dubai International Airport.