UAE Tightens Penalties Facing Cyber Criminals

UAE Tightens Penalties Facing Cyber Criminals

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018 - 07:15
(Photo; Reuters)
Dubai – Asharq Al-Awsat
The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced tightening the noose against cybercrimes committers through harsher punishment measures passed by virtue of a decree issued by the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

According to the Decree, Article Nos. 26, 28 and 42 of Federal Decree-Law No. 05 of 2012 on Combatting Cybercrimes will be replaced with updated provisions.

According to an official statement published on UAE’s state-owned news agency WAM, Article No. 26 stipulates an imprisonment period of at least ten years and not exceeding 25 years, and a fine ranging from AED2 million (approximately $544,000) to AED4 million (approximately $1 million) on whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or information technology for the interest of a terrorist group or any unauthorized group, association, organization, or body.

These punitive measures will be carried out against those enacting intent to facilitate communication with their leaders or members to attract new members, or to promote or praise their ideas, finance their activities or provide actual assistance thereof or for the purpose of publishing methods for manufacturing incendiary devices or explosives or any other devices used in terrorist acts.

The Article also details an imprisonment period not exceeding five years, and a fine not less than AED500,000 ($136,000) and not in excess of AED1 million ($272,000) for whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or information technology means with the aim to incite hate.

For first-time offenders, the court may rule for the accused to be placed under electronic probation and monitoring, and prevented from using information technology tools during a period not exceeding the maximum penalty prescribed.

Article No. 28 stipulates a punishment of temporary imprisonment and a fine not in excess of AED1 million for whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or uses information on the computer network or information technology means with intent to incite acts or publishes or transmits information, news or cartoon drawings or any other pictures which may endanger the national security and the higher interests of the State or afflicts its public order, or attacks on any member of the judicial courts system.

Lastly, Article No. 42 entails that subject to the second paragraph of Article No. 121 of the UAE Penal Code, the court may decide deportation of a foreigner who is convicted in any of the crimes specified in Federal Decree-Law No. 05 upon execution of the sentence adjudged.

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