August 08, 2023
Al Rowaad Advocates' senior legal consultant, Dr Hassan Elhais, sheds light on the decision by the Dubai court to deny the early release appeal of five men. He explains that early release requests in the UAE are evaluated by a dedicated committee, focusing on the prisoner's behaviour during their term and potential risks upon release. The culprits can submit another appeal in two years.
March 25, 2021
Eighteen years ago, a 22 year-old Indian man was jailed for life in the UAE. Now, aged 40, he has had his second request for release turned down. The man was part of a 2003 plot to steal from a shop owner in Naif that turned into murder when the owner regained consciousness as the three robbers were still in his shop. I outline in The National that UAE laws dictate a committee review all pleas for release from life sentences, which can be made after 15 years. The circumstances of the crime are no longer relevant - rather the inmate's conduct during incarceration and whether they remain a risk to society.
June 25, 2020
The suspect in a high-profile double-murder during a botched robbery in Dubai's Arabian Ranches could face the death penalty after serving a life prison sentence, due to the circumstances of the crime. I provided my legal opinion in a number of media stories on the case, explaining that Article 332 of the UAE Penal Code outlines the death penalty in any of five circumstances, including burglary at night, with a use of weapon, the number of victims being higher than one, and the multiple number of crimes - with the suspect also attempting to kill the couple's teenage daughter, who survived the attack.
February 08, 2020
I contribute to an article in The National newspaper warning residents to not spread rumours about the coronavirus outbreak that could incite public panic. As the virus spreads, the prevalence of alarmist social media posts containing misinformation have been growing, including one inaccurate post claiming three people in Dubai have died from the illness. The newspaper quotes my legal advice that circulating hoax news that contribute to public fear and panic could be penalized with a prison sentence of between one month and three years. I also explain that it is important that UAE authorities take such incidents seriously.
July 07, 2017
In this weekly publication, I discussed about legal implications, particularly rights and obligations of a car owner when he or she gives his or her car for valet parking. I started my discussion by elaborating the responsibility of a valet service provider in the event of an accident or damage. I also explained the steps that...