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Dubai: An Arab woman was arrested in Abu Dhabi after posting a number of indecent videos online.

According to local Arab media reports, the Cyber Crime Court in Abu Dhabi ordered the arrest of the woman after investigations revealed that she created accounts on social networking sites – Snap Chat, Instagram and Twitter – to promote immoral videos.

The Office of the UAE Attorney-General said it monitored the woman’s activity on the internet, and through its investigation, found that the suspect had indeed broken the law.

The Attorney-General’s Office also found that woman had created a social media account under the name Damani, “which broadcasted video clips that violated public morals and promoted debauchery.”

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Abu Dhabi’s Cyber Crime division then seized the woman’s computer and other electronic devices, upon the request of the Public Prosecution.

The woman is currently in custody, pending the transfer of her case to the Criminal Court. 

Cyber Crime

Earlier this year, a ministerial resolution created the Federal Public Prosecution specialised in Information Technology crimes.

Counsellor Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, UAE Attorney-General, said the setting up of this federal prosecution comes within the framework of facing advanced crimes and keeping abreast of the rapid technological advancements.

The Cyber Law will investigate cybercrimes, including:

  1. Promotion of illegal drugs and narcotics
  2. Crimes involving pornographic materials or gambling activities and other acts that may prejudice public morals
  3. Incitement or tempting others to commit prostitution or debauchery
  4. Acquiring or using illegal funds or concealing the origins of any illegal funds
  5. Trade or promoting weapons, ammunitions or explosives
  6. Calling for or promoting the collection of donations without a license
  7. Calling for the evasion from the UAE Laws and regulations
  8. Planning, organizing or calling for unlicensed demonstrations or protests or similar acts
  9. Human trafficking or human organs trafficking
  10. Offences to Islam, divine religions and their rituals

Source: Al Tamimi & Company