He used obscene language in the clip; decision upheld by the Court of Appeal.
A 32-year-old Gulf national has been fined Dh50,000 by the Dubai Criminal Court for filming a police patrol and sending the video clip via ‘Snapchat’ to his girlfriend.
The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal, after dismissing the appeal and reaffirming his conviction.
Case documents said the defendant was accompanied by two of his friends in a car in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah area when a police patrol caught the distracted driver talking on a mobile phone. The policeman stopped him to warn him against this reckless behavior and punished him.
Meanwhile, the accused – sitting in the back seat of the car – filmed himself on his phone with the police cruiser in the background as he uttered an obscene word.
The policeman, noticing the accused’s recording, inquired about the contents of the video, which the accused refused to share. He was taken to the police station after also refusing to hand over the phone.
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After considering the case, the Court of Appeal confirmed its satisfaction with the conclusions of the file, based on the confessions of the accused, as well as on what was mentioned in the forensic report, thus confirming the initial verdict. .