Honour crime

I was informed that in the event of a conviction by the competent court, the judge may deport me.

  • Published: 18:44 February 2, 2012

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Society

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I have worked in Dubai for 10 years and lived here with my family. Almost one month ago, I stopped at the red traffic light, and when the light turned green, I delayed a bit before moving. This made the driver behind me sound his horn in a continuous and terrible way that made me lose my temper. I got off my car and pointed at him with my middle finger, and the driver filed a complaint against me at the police station. Later on I was informed that such act is subject to punishment by law and so I was referred to the public prosecution which sent the file to the Court of Misdemeanours and a hearing was scheduled for March 2012 for consideration after being bailed. I was informed that in the event of a conviction by the competent court, the judge may deport me. Is it true that such an act may make the judge decide to deport me and is the presence of my family along with my children, who are still school children, make the judge stop the deportation? Please state in detail the legal clause which applies in this regard

 
Article 121 of the Federal Penal Code No3 of 1987 and as amended states the following: “If a foreigner is sentenced to a custodial punishment for a felony or a misdemeanour, the Court may order in its sentence that he be deported from the state. Deportation shall be ordered and is a must for honour crimes”. Therefore, in accordance with the said article in the event of conviction, the questioner shall be sentenced to deportation by the judge on the basis that the questioner has committed an act which is deemed by law as honour crime.

 

Questions answered by Advocate Mohammad Ebrahim Al Shaiba of Al Shaiba Advocates and Legal Consultants.