One can only imagine what happens to those who break both the strict cybercrime laws and tough anti-drug legislation implemented in Dubai all at once.
Three Arab men discovered this the hard way after they posted a video of themselves pretending to smoke hashish joints in the city on social media.
On Sunday, Dubai police revealed the defendants were detained within a few hours of posting the clip in which they could be seen boasting about “sharing a joint.”
“We spotted the video on social media platforms and arrested the three men. They have been referred to competent authorities for legal action,” the deputy director of the emirate’s anti-narcotics department, Colonel Khalid bin Moyazeh, said.
The official warned that social media platforms “are not meant to be used for bragging or encouraging lewd behavior.”
The men are set to be tried under Article 29 of the country’s 2012 Law Against the Crimes of Information Technology, which states:
“Shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine not exceeding one million dirhams whoever publishes information, news, data or rumors on a website, a computer network or information technology means to ridicule or harm the reputation, prestige or status of the State or any of its institutions, its president or his deputy, the rulers of the emirates, their crown princes, deputy rulers of the emirates, the flag, the national salute, the national emblem, the national anthem or symbols.”
Bin Moyazeh revealed that Dubai Police are constantly on the watch for any social media posts or pages that promote drugs. He stressed that Dubai has zero tolerance towards anyone who attempts to manipulate the anti-drug laws and those who aim to spread destructive ideas via videos posted online.
The emirate can also prosecute any member of the public who shares or reposts footage featuring drug usage or consumption.
and read more here about how much Dubai hates cannabis….