Publications / Criminal Law


  • Can a bad social media post mean jail? Our lawyers explain new rules

    criminal law

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    April 20, 2019

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    277 views

    In an article in the Khaleej Times newspaper, two of our lawyers explain what new amendments to UAE Information Technology crime laws mean. Hassan Elhais clarifies that online insults and threats may no longer lead to jail time or deportation, but judges have discretion - whereas they previously did not. Awatif Mohammed explains that there is a limitation to this, with sexual crimes and hate crimes still attracting the same punishments - which can even include the death penalty. However, she reveals the use of electronic probation measures is a region-first and shows the country is developing a sophisticated judicial system.


  • Is my money safe? Account hacking on the rise in Dubai

    criminal law

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    March 18, 2019

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    1480 views

    I give an explanation about the significant rise of bank account hacking in an article published by Khaleej Times newspaper. The article reports on official figures from Dubai Police which show cybercrime grew from 268 registered cases in 2016 to 649 in 2018. Out of all cybercrime, 711 crimes related to the hacking of bank accounts. I explain a common method of hacking is for criminals to forge documents that enable them to then apply for new SIM cards with the telecommunications companies and proceed to hack accounts. I encourage more stringency in issuing new SIM cards to curb this growing criminal trend.


  • What is the punishment for spreading rumours?

    criminal law

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    February 11, 2018

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    2098 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about the necessity of understanding the pertinent laws of cyber-crime in United Arab Emirates, which can help the general public to escape from any complication related to this subject.


  • What is cybercrime and its punishment in the UAE?

    criminal law

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    January 21, 2018

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    5039 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed the aggravating circumstances in a Cyber Crime.


  • Hacker Transfers Dh1.8m From an American Bank to a Company in Dubai

    criminal law

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    September 06, 2017

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    2720 views

    In this publication, I successfully filed a case on behalf of my client whose money was transferred (without authority) to a company based in Dubai for conducting financial services. I obtained a court order in the amount of USD 250,000, including 9% legal interest, to be paid in favour of my client.


  • As the World Battles Attacks, What Are the UAE's Cyber-Crime Laws

    criminal law

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    May 15, 2017

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    3396 views

    In this publication, I discussed about the development of various information technology laws and regulations to combat attacks on information system networks in the UAE. I further discussed about applicable penalties for the breach of attacks on those sophisticated systems.


  • What You Should Know About Identity Theft

    criminal law

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    November 06, 2016

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    1677 views

    In my interview this week in Gulf News newspaper, I explained about the issue of identity theft. I spoke about who the usual victims in such cases are and the manner in which fraudsters operate to extract personal information.


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