UAE Court imposes a 6-month internet network ban to an Arab man for this reason

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In a legal case that highlights the complexities of defamation via digital communication, a Dubai court has ruled in favor of compensation for psychological harm caused by a voice message sent over WhatsApp.

An individual of Arab nationality filed a lawsuit seeking financial redress for what he claimed was severe psychological and moral damage inflicted upon him. The cause? A derogatory voice message where he was labeled a "deceitful cheater" by another person.

Legal Proceedings

The case began with the defendant being convicted in the Misdemeanor Court, which imposed a fine of 2,000 dirhams and confiscated the device used to send the offending message. Additionally, the defendant was banned from using the information network for six months.

Following the criminal conviction, the civil court reviewed the case and ordered the defendant to pay 3,000 dirhams as compensation for the psychological harm suffered by the plaintiff. The court emphasized the severity of the psychological damage caused by the insulting message and deemed it appropriate to award financial compensation.

The plaintiff initially demanded 51,000 dirhams in compensation, along with legal interest of 9%, fees, and expenses. He argued that the derogatory voice message had led to significant psychological distress, prompting him to pursue legal action against the defendant.

During the proceedings, the defendant contested the validity of the claims against him, asserting a lack of evidence and grounds for the allegations. However, the court upheld the criminal conviction, stating that the final ruling from the Misdemeanor Court established the defendant's liability for the damages caused by his actions.

The civil court's decision was based on legal principles that uphold the authority of final criminal judgments in related civil claims. It cited provisions from the Evidence Law and the Criminal Procedure Code, emphasizing the binding nature of the criminal court's findings in subsequent civil proceedings.

The case underscores the legal ramifications of digital communication and the importance of accountability for statements made via messaging platforms. The award of compensation highlights the judiciary's stance on protecting individuals from unwarranted defamation and the recognition of psychological harm as grounds for financial restitution.

This case sets a precedent for similar instances where individuals seek recourse for damages resulting from derogatory or defamatory messages. It reinforces the legal framework surrounding digital communication and emphasizes the responsibility individuals bear for the consequences of their words, even in informal digital exchanges.

Final Thoughts

As technology continues to evolve, so too does the legal landscape surrounding digital communication. Cases like this illustrate how courts navigate the intersection of technology, personal rights, and legal responsibilities in the digital age. By examining the details of this case, one can appreciate the nuanced approach taken by the judiciary in addressing complex issues of defamation and psychological harm in the context of modern communication platforms.

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