15 April 2015

Man charged with 'insulting Islam' in Dubai over Facebook post on Isis violence in Iraq

An Indian man has reportedly been charged with “insulting Islam” in Dubai over a Facebook post.

The 41-year-old man, who has not been named, has appeared before the Court of First Instance in the United Emirates (UAE), the Khaleej Times reported.

He allegedly made the offending comments in conversations and posts on the social network in July last year, after watching a video about the escalating violence in Iraq as Isis swept through the country.

.... Another Indian man working in Dubai tipped police off at Al Rafaa police station, the Times of India reported, after he was alerted to the posts by a friend via a WhatsApp message.

The 24-year-old vendor filed an official complaint claiming the posts “insulted Islam”, a criminal offence in the UAE punishable by a minimum one year prison sentence, fines and deportation. [The Independent] Read more