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Senior UAE official arrested over driver attack

Video on social media appeared to show Emirati man physically assaulting Indian motorist

Senior UAE official arrested over driver attack

A senior UAE official has been arrested after a video emerged on social media that appeared to show an Emirati man physically assaulting an Indian motorist.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, acting chief of Dubai Police, was quoted as saying by Gulf News that the incident had taken place on Saturday and that the director of a government department had been referred to the emirate's public prosecutor.

The clip, taken by a passer-by and later posted on YouTube, showed a middle-aged Emirati man repeatedly beating the Indian national for about 90 seconds following a minor traffic incident.

The video has so far attracted about 15,000 views on YouTube. Major General Khamis also warned that filming people without their knowledge is also a crime in the UAE.

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Anonymous 7 years ago

So filming a crime is a crime? So is everyone in the video supposed to give permission to be filmed? I am fairly confident the poor guy receiving the beating is ok with the filming to prove the incident actually happened.

Mohamed Afzal 7 years ago

Brutal, that too by a high ranking official. Would he have dared if it was a fellow Emirati?

Neil 7 years ago

So every shop CCTV and RTA traffic camera in the UAE is illegal then? I can't recall giving anyone permission to film me...

Good they have caught up with the guy, no-one seems to be badly hurt and maybe people will react with a bit more courtesy after they have had an accident after this.

Oldtimer 7 years ago

Filming in a public place, an event that is important material evidence to prosecute the culprit is illegal? This is not a private affair or a violation of anyone's privacy. Lack of visual evidence (as opposed to eye-witness testimony which could be disputed) could easily be the reason for acquittal of this influential man (which could still happen)!!!!!!!

Ahmed 7 years ago

Viva UAE, a clear example that law is implemented equally for all.

nimby 7 years ago

yep, remember don't film any wrong doing

Ahmed 7 years ago

Filming without permission is taboo. But this is an exception to the rule! Filming serves the good part of bringing the negative. Thumbs down to the officer. He should encourage the public to report any abuses. Two thumbs up to the sender of the video.

Saudi Engineer 7 years ago

Arrest the man who shot the video!!

MaryJoyceM. 7 years ago

Considering that dissent filming is a crime as it is an invasion of privacy, I think the emirati's claim would be nullified by the fact that the video has been used as an corroborate for a much heavier crime.

I think the law in the UAE acknowledges disclosure of privacy to UAE courts for any that may be used as evidence.

Mazhar 7 years ago

Very fuuny and pathetic, rather than arresting the guy who is beating the poor driver, emirati police is going after man who filmed this video.