The UAE’s strict cyber-crime laws have come under scrutiny once again after it emerged that a British female arrested final week in Dubai might also face up to 2 years in jail for making insulting remarks on Facebook approximately her ex-husband’s new wife.
Londoner Laleh Shahravesh changed into arrested at Dubai airport. The fifty five-12 months-antique, thought to be of Iranian descent, was on her way to wait for her former husband’s funeral. According to the marketing campaign institution Detained in Dubai, Shahravesh becomes married to her ex-husband for 18 years. The duration of which era she lived inside the UAE for 8 months. While the lower back to the United Kingdom and her daughter, her husband stayed in the UAE, and the couple was given divorce.
Shahravesh is said to have observed that her ex-husband became remarrying when in 2016, she saw images of the new couple on Facebook. She described the new spouse, Samah Al Hammadi, as a “horse” and known as her former husband an “idiot”. Writing in Farsi, Shahravesh is said to have stated: “I wish you cross underneath the ground you fool. Damn you. You left me for this horse”.
Shahravesh and her 14-year-old daughter flew again to Dubai on 10 March to wait for the funeral of her former husband, who had died of a heart assault. She was arrested at the airport after her ex-husband’s new wife, who lives in Dubai, said the remarks that have been made almost 3 years in the past.
Following her arrest, Al Hammadi says that she had “suffered in silence” for years and alleged that Shahravesh had sent numerous disparaging and abusive remarks because of the divorce. Under the UAE’s cyber-crime laws, a person can be jailed or fined for making defamatory statements on social media. Shahravesh can also face up to two years in prison or a pleasant of £50,000, no matter the fifty five-12 months-old writing the Facebook posts simultaneously as inside the UK.