The UAE announced on Monday that it has established a new department within the Public Prosecution Service dedicated to cases involving the use of information technology.
According to state news agency WAM, the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes will take on cases of misuse of the internet with the intention of damaging public morals and human trafficking.
The UAE Attorney-General, Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, said the department would also target internet-related cases of illegal activity relating to arms, ammunition and explosives and the organisation of marches or other demonstrations.
The department will also be responsible for handling cases involving "insults to God, His prophets and matters considered holy in Islam, together with insults aimed at matters considered holy to other religions recognised under Islamic Sharia law, as well as the rituals of these faiths", WAM added.
Other religious topics within the jurisdiction of the department include opposition to the religion of Islam and its practices and rulings and the promotion of sinful behaviour.
The Attorney General said the establishment of the new department would curb the "negative impact of the abuse of modern technology" on the UAE's value systems.
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