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UAE warns Qatari sympathisers will face jail, fine

Jail of up to 15 years and fine of no less than AED500,000 for anyone convicted

UAE warns Qatari sympathisers will face jail, fine

The UAE’s Attorney General has warned that legal action, including a possible jail sentence, will be taken against anyone showing sympathy to Qatar.

Counsellor Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi told Al Bayan today that the UAE will take action against anyone who seeks to threaten the stability of the UAE by showing support for Qatar’s hostile and irresponsible policies.

“Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form,” said Al Shamsi.

The offence will fall under the Federal Penal Code and the Federal law decree on Combating Information Technology Crimes, which means anyone convicted could face up to 15 years in jail and be issued with a fine of not less than AED500,000 ($136,000).

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