Justice is Blind in Dubai

The phrase “Justice is Blind” has been around since the first written laws of man were established and continues to hold true to this very day.

For what kind of world do we live in where the act of documenting assault is more punishable than the actual physical act of assault itself?


Last week a video posted on YouTube showed a man assaulting a van driver. The man later turned out to be a Senior government official. In a bizarre twist of fate, the van driver is suing said official who in turn is suing the maker of the video! If that charge sticks then the video evidence would be circumstantial and would be dismissed, which would be a gross miscarriage justice.


The man who filmed an Emirati attacking an Indian in Dubai last week is still being held in custody, after being refused bail by Dubai Police.

The 22-year-old Indian is being held at Al Qusais police station, after the son of the Emirati filmed in the attack filed a complaint for defamation.

The Emirati has also since been arrested.

Under UAE law, the Emirati who assaulted the Indian van driver faces up to a year in jail or a maximum of fine of up to AED10,000 for minor assault, while the Indian motorist who filmed and uploaded the video faces a maximum of two years in jail or a fine of up to AED20,000 if convicted of filming without permission or defamation.


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