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  • What's the Verdict? Early Release Appeal Decision for the Five Convicted in Dubai's Security Guard Murder

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    August 08, 2023

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    833 views

    Five men convicted of murdering a security guard in Dubai over 17 years ago had their appeal for early release denied by a Dubai court. The culprits, from India and Pakistan, were part of a gang that committed the crime in 2006 during a robbery at a Jebel Ali building site. The security guard had confronted the gang during the theft, leading to his tragic demise. After serving more than 15 years in prison, the men sought early release, but their request was rejected. Al Rowaad Advocates' 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.


  • After 18 years, Indian man pleads for freedom from Dubai jail

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    March 25, 2021

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    2074 views

    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.


  • Death penalty on the cards for suspect in double murder case

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    June 25, 2020

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    2472 views

    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.


  • If my neighbour drops charges against me, can I travel again?

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    May 21, 2018

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    4989 views

    In my publication this week, I discuss about the wavier from criminal case, only if waiver shall be signed before the judicial authority.


  • I was deported from the UAE, when can I return?

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    May 13, 2018

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    7037 views

    In my publication this week, I discuss about deportation order that constitutes a lifetime ban. Another is about to drop a case filed against his friend.


  • Can a theft charge be dropped if the police complaint is withdrawn?

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    May 06, 2018

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    7210 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about crimes that include public rights cannot be closed by waiver of charges against the victims, though such waiver may be taken into consideration by the judge for deciding the punishment for the crime. I also discussed the time limit for filing appeal against a judgment and also that appellant's own appeal cannot be used against the appellant to enhance the sentence.


  • Will an old shoplifting conviction appear on my permanent record? - UAE Criminal Law Publication

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    April 15, 2018

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    4479 views

    In my publication this week, firstly I explained that an individual's preceding conviction record will continue to exist in UAE, and the same may reflect if one applies for a police clearance letter. Secondly, I explained that if the construction on the real estate project situated in Dubai stopped for more than 6 months, then the Buyer has a right to demand termination of the contract and request a refund of the paid amounts together with 9% interest and legal cost incurred.


  • Can I report my neighbour for abusing my dog?

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    March 25, 2018

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    4561 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about the protection of the domestic or tamed animals as per UAE law, and consequences of the unlawful conduct towards the domestic animals.


  • Is kleptomania an acceptable defence in theft case?

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    August 26, 2017

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    11601 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about lack of mental capacity as an available legal defence in a criminal case. I described a scenario where a person raised 'lack of mental capacity' defence on account of committing theft in the UAE.


  • Valet Parking: What Are Your Rights in the UAE?

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    July 07, 2017

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    10821 views

    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 one needs to take if the valet service provider returned the damaged vehicle to the owner. Lastly, I explained a legal concept 'burden of proof' which is relevant in proving liability and responsibility between the parties.


  • What Does the UAE Law Say About Eating in Public During Ramadan

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    May 29, 2017

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    3098 views

    In this publication, I discussed about potential penalties for publicly eating and drinking during Ramadan, or the acts of encouraging eating or publicly drinking during Ramadan.


  • What is Penalty For Giving Out Secrets? - UAE Criminal Law Publication

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    April 01, 2017

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    10189 views

    In my publication this week, I discussed about possible punishment for disclosing confidential information of an employer to a third party without their prior permission.


  • What are the General Process or Steps to Follow in the Event of an Arrest?

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    March 04, 2017

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    5374 views

    In my newspaper publication this week, I discussed about the general process or steps to follow in the event of an arrest.


  • What Are the Laws on Suicide Attempts?

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    February 04, 2017

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    15280 views

    In last week's publication I discussed about the consequences for attempting to commit suicide in the UAE.


  • International Coverage of UAE Law: Ignorance Is No Excuse

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    July 23, 2013

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    4748 views

    Dr. Hassan Elhais is quoted In the below article in The National newspaper explaining how while the UAE penal code has elements derived from Islamic Sharia law, it is not a direct enforcement of Quranic law.


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