UAE: Foreigner jailed for filming local beating van driver

19th Jul 2013

An Asian man has been arrested for filming a video that has gone viral on the Internet showing a UAE citizen beating up an Indian van driver in Dubai, local media reported Thursday.

The witness, whose nationality was not known, was arrested for defaming the UAE man who beat up the Indian driver, the reports said.

“No one has the right to take pictures of someone and publish them without his permission,” Dubai police chief, Khamis al-Mazeina, was quoted as saying by the daily Emiratalyoum.

He said the Asian video maker was arrested following a complaint lodged by the family of the Emirati man.

The footage of the beating shows a man of small height, dressed in a traditional white thawb, attacking the Indian driver of a delivery van following a minor car accident in Dubai.

The man beat the Indian driver using his igal, a traditional Emirati head ornament, according to the news website Gulf News.

Media reports said the attacker had also been arrested after the video surfaced online, although the victim of the assault lodged no complaint with the authorities.

According to the family of the detained Asian man, state police confiscated computer equipment from their house for inspection, the news website Arabian Business reported.

Under domestic law, the Emirati man who attacked the Indian driver faces up to a year in jail or a fine of up to US$ 2,700 for minor assault.

The motorist who filmed and uploaded the video, on the other hand, faces a maximum of two years in jail or double the fine if convicted of filming without permission or defamation, said Arabian Business.

The Youtube video has received more than 195,000 views since it was uploaded on July 15.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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