By Staff writer
22-year-old Indian “shock video” uploader still in custody
The man who filmed an Emirati attacking an Indian in Dubai last week is still being held in custody, after being refused bail by Dubai Police.
The 22-year-old Indian is being held at Al Qusais police station, after the son of the Emirati filmed in the attack filed a complaint for defamation.
The video of the attack – seen by hundreds of thousands of people globally – was uploaded on Youtube. It shows a senior Emirati government official brutally attacking an Indian driver after an apparent accident in Dubai. The Emirati has also since been arrested.
According to Gulf News, the video uploader is an Indian business management graduate, who was arrested on Tuesday evening. His arrest follows a complaint to police by the son of the Emirati official filmed in the attack, claiming his father had been defamed after the video was posted on Youtube.
Under UAE law, the Emirati who assaulted the Indian van driver faces up to a year in jail or a maximum of fine of up to AED10,000 for minor assault, while the Indian motorist who filmed and uploaded the video faces a maximum of two years in jail or a fine of up to AED20,000 if convicted of filming without permission or defamation
Arresting a whistle blower for reporting a crime will effectively ensure that no one ever reports any crime ever again...Way to go guys!!
So, the man who committed the assault os only facing 10,000 Dhs which he can easily spend in a weekend, however the person who informed the world of things that are actually happening is facing double time and money!
Defamation? this is not the last time it will happen, anyways.
What is the meaning of defamation? Since the abusive Emirati is an officer, the witness became the victim.! One step forward, two step backward for UAE police. Next time any civic minded individual will not record or report to the authority any untoward incident especially if it Emirate is involve otherwise, he/she will be jailed. The guy is video is scot free since he is an official. The incident is a black eye to the land of superlatives.
The disproportionate penalties for the arrogant man who assaulted the driver and the brave man who recorded the clinching evidence on video, shows clearly that the current laws here are loaded against truth & justice.
To be fair, the 'whistle blower' is in the wrong - he should have copied the video and handed it in to the nearest police station instead of posting it on a global website. He is in custody for that reason as it is against the law to video someone or even record a telephone conversation without the other persons knowledge and then publicise it (this applies to everyone).
Wow. what a shame.
The guy who made this video should be rewarded not jailed.
senseless law which promotes inequality
This is outrageous. We all know that the fellow who committed the assault would not have been charged without the film footage. The police should be thanking the guy who filmed the incident for helping them to do their job.
I don't want to be anti Dubai BUT I am leaving Dubai for this very reason.
It is the fact that they arrest the person bringing the disgraceful event to light that (if we are honest) is pretty telling.
He (the man who uploaded the video) should be honoured by all sides.
Lets not make it a issue on Racism or Preferential treatment. So if I were to remove all identifiable marks and put it down to the bare minimum...the incident would look something like this.
AED 10,000 fine for a Rich Government Official for Hitting another Person with Bail.
AED 20,000 fine for a 22 year boy for Reporting the Crime with No Bail.
Seriously, Isn't there something wrong here?
This is crazy and nonsense