Nigeria: UAE Jails Nigerian for Violating Cybercrime Law

In the UAE, taking a video or photograph of someone without their consent and posting such on social media is a violation of the cybercrime act.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has jailed a Nigerian for violating the country’s cybercrime law.

The woman was named by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) as Dunchi Lar. She was convicted for recording and circulating an “offensive” video on social media.

She had filmed and tweeted a video of a UAE airport official that went viral.

In the UAE, taking a video or photograph of someone without their consent and posting such on social media is a violation of the country’s cybercrime act.

It is punishable with a one-year jail term or a fine of between $69,000 and $137,000 or both jail term and fine.

The law also applies to eavesdropping, recording, photographing, or disclosing audio or video communication of a person without their permission.

Also, taking photographs or videos of a dead person or accident victim without such a person’s consent is a violation of the law.

According to NiDCOM, Ms Lar was sentenced on 12 October. However, she has 15 days to appeal the judgment.

“Ms Dunchi Lar can still appeal the ruling and has been assured of moral and consular support by the Nigerian Mission in Dubai,” NiDCOM said.

Chiamaka Okafor is a reporter at Premium Times in partnership withReport for the World, which matches local newsrooms with talented emerging journalists to report on under-covered issues around the globe.

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