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Up to 25 years jail for terror websites as UAE amends cyber law

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a new decree to amend the country's cybercrimes law

Up to 25 years jail for terror websites as UAE amends cyber law

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a new decree to amend the country's cybercrimes law.

Article No 26 stipulates an imprisonment period of 10-25 years, and a fine of AED2-4 million on anyone running a website or publishing online information in the interest of a terrorist group.

The Article also details an imprisonment period not exceeding five years, and a fine of AED500,000 to AED1 million for anyone managing a website with the aim to incite hate, state news agency WAM reported.

For first-time offenders, the court may rule for the accused to be placed under electronic probation and monitoring, and prevented from using information technology means during a period not exceeding the maximum penalty prescribed, it added.

Article No 28 stipulates a punishment of temporary imprisonment and a fine not in excess of AED1 million for anyone establishing a website with intent to incite acts which may endanger the national security or attacks on any member of the judicial courts system.

Article No. 42 says the court may decide deportation of a foreigner who is convicted in any of the crimes specified upon execution of the sentence.

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