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Attempt to rob Dh500,000 foiled in Dubai, gang of four members arrested

Dubai: A group of four Dubai-based expatriates has been accused of attempted robbery of Dh500,000 from an investor in a fraudulent bitcoin transaction.

According to the Dubai Court of First Instance, the four Ukrainian defendants aged between 28 and 34 years, broke into an office in the Al Barsha area of Dubai and tried to steal the cryptocurrency after attacking the investor and two of his friends.

A 33-year-old Egyptian witness, who was told by the investor and another person to join them in buying the cryptocurrency, said that he went to the office carrying Dh500,000 in cash in a bag. “A man told us to wait until the arrival of the bitcoin seller. As they were getting late, the victim told the man that they would leave, when the door opened and the four Ukrainian suspects came in, attacked the victim and tried to steal the money,” said the Egyptian witness.

The four defendants physically assaulted the victims and sprayed a deodorant directly on to the victims’ faces.

“As the victim raised an alarm, screaming ‘thieves … thieves’ the attackers couldn’t steal the money and they escaped from the spot,” added the Egyptian witness.

Dubai Police have arrested all the four defendants who were charged with attempted robbery.

The next hearing is scheduled for January 11.

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Jail term of 10-25 years and Dh500,000 fine for insulting UAE flag



Abu Dhabi: The UAE Public Prosecution has warned against the misuse of the national flag. It is a punishable crime and those found guilty of violating the law will face a jail term of 10-25 years and a fine of up to Dh500,000.

In a series of tweets on its official twitter account, the State Public Prosecution said the flag is a symbol of national identity, pride, sovereignty, authenticity and glory and any attempt to abuse the flag is a punishable crime.

The publication of these legal tweets is in line with the public prosecution’s keenness to promote the legal culture among community members and raise public awareness on laws, contributing to reducing the rate of violations resulting from ignorance of laws.

According to Article 3 of Federal Law No 2 of 1971 and its amendments thereafter, whoever — publicly and intentionally — drops, damages or insults the UAE flag will be punished by a jail term of 10-25 years and a fine of up to Dh500,000. Also, anyone who damages or insults the flag of any member-emirate of the Union or the flag of the Gulf Cooperation Council or the flag of any other country will be penalised with a jail sentence of 10-25 years and a fine of no less than Dh500, 000.

According to Article 176 of the Federal Penal Code, anyone who insults, mocks, harms the reputation, prestige or stature of the state, its flag, its emblem, its symbols or any of its institutions shall be punished with a minimum jail sentence of ten years and a maximum of 25 years and a fine of no less than Dh500,000,” the statement from Public Prosecution added.



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Dubai announces stimulus package of Dh500 million



Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council on Saturday announced a Dh500 million economic stimulus package to support the local economy.

“Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, we announce an economic stimulus package worth Dh500 million to support the local economy, bringing the total stimulus packages this year to Dh6.8 billion,” Sheikh Hamdan tweeted.

Emphasising the role of private sector in the economy Sheikh Hamdan said the sector needs support. “The private sector is a major partner in Dubai’s development process, and we have adopted a set of new exemptions for some fees and a reduction in rents for some sectors, as well as an extension of the validity of a previous set of exemptions from fees,” he said in a tweet.

“We are aware of the great challenges that the pandemic has imposed on various economic sectors around the world, and our goal is to overcome all these challenges and accelerate recovery and establish a new phase of economic growth,” Sheikh Hamdan added.



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Dh500,000 Sharjah award for refugee support extended to November 15



Sharjah: The Dh500,000 Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support (SIARA) has announced the extension of the nomination submission deadline to November 15, 2020 for the 2021 edition.

Each year, award to is granted to an institution and individual working locally across Asia and Africa in recognition of their exceptional humanitarian contributions to alleviate the sufferings of refugees and vulnerable populations. The number of requests by humanitarian entities have prompted the organisers to extend the submissions’ deadline to enable more applicants to complete the formalities for the nomination procedure. All nominations for the award have to be submitted on the website of Sharjah-based global humanitarian charity The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), which organises the award in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The award money is a special contribution by TBHF and does not represent any share of the donations made to the foundation. TBHF’s evaluation of nominees is based on tangible benefits and sustainable impact of humanitarian interventions, scope of work, objectivity, and transparency in service delivery ideology. Innovative practices that boost overall sustainability of programmes and project activities, gender sensitivity in planning and implementation of projects, and demonstrable ability to address humanitarian gaps, especially in emergency situations, are some of the other criteria that are considered while finalising the winner of SIARA.

Last year, TBHF expanded the scope of the award to include the entire African continent which hosts a large per cent of the world’s 70.8 million forcibly displaced people.



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Parking behind vehicles will invite Dh500 fine in the UAE



Ajman: The Ajman Police have called on motorists not to park behind vehicles as this is an offence that carries a Dh500 fine.

In a social media post on Friday, the Ajman Police said parking behind vehicles will obstruct and delay other motorists.

“Don’t obstruct the movement of vehicles. Your security and happiness is our goal,” they added.



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Dh500,000 fine: UAE issues fresh warning against insulting social media posts


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Dubai: The UAE Public Prosecution has issued a fresh warning to residents about the repercussions of posting insults and slanderous comments on social media.

Residents that post such types of comments that include slander and defamation can face imprisonment and/or a fine between Dh250,000 and Dh500,000.

According to Article 20 of Law No.5 2020 on combatting cybercrimes, a person is subject to punishment if they carry out the crime by using telecom networks or any form of IT.

In 2019, Abu Dhabi Police revealed that charges of social media abuse had significantly increased, according to figures from prosecutors. A total of 512 cases of social media violations were reported in 2019 compared to 357 cases reported in 2018. In 2017, as many as 392 cases of social media abuse were registered.

The major social media violations included online harassment, extortion, threats and blackmail, publishing and spreading false information, invading the privacy of others, posting and spreading abusive comments, posting fake ads and rumours, swearing, defamation and inciting others to commit crimes and fraud.

Earlier in April 2020, the Abu Dhabi Attorney-General ordered the arrest of two people who misused social media and who offended the morals of the public after posting offensive video clips that went viral across the country.

The Attorney-General emphasised that UAE laws tackle all types of practices that constitute as an offence against public morals, which include the misuse of technology and social media.

The penalty also applies to those who are found responsible in operating a website, or broadcasting, posting or forwarding offensive material, such as pornographic images and videos.

The Attorney-General stressed that social media users should adhere to a responsible code of ethics when posting photos or videos via their social media accounts, since platforms are widely accessible to children and the youth.

The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution further warned social media users against publishing material that may harm or offend the morals of the public, including phrases, signs, symbols, images or photographs, as well as any form of text, in addition to any type of visible or audible material.



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Dh500 fine and four black points for driving heavy vehicles during fog



Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police have banned the movement of trucks, heavy vehicles and buses during the fog. According to the police, the movement of heavy vehicles has been stopped on the emirate’s internal and external roads during foggy weather until visibility is clear.

The moves comes in order to enhance traffic safety and avoid accidents during bad weather conditions. The violation of this decision incurs a fine of Dh500 and 4 traffic points.

Abu Dhabi Police also tweeted to advise motorists to exercise caution due to reduced visibility during the fog. Motorists are urged to follow changing speed limits displayed on electronic information boards.



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Abu Dhabi: Dh500 fine and four black points for driving heavy vehicles during fog



Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police have banned the movement of trucks, heavy vehicles and buses during the fog. According to the police, the movement of heavy vehicles has been stopped on the emirate’s internal and external roads during foggy weather until visibility is clear.

The moves comes in order to enhance traffic safety and avoid accidents during bad weather conditions. The violation of this decision incurs a fine of Dh500 and 4 traffic points.

Abu Dhabi Police also tweeted to advise motorists to exercise caution due to reduced visibility during the fog. Motorists are urged to follow changing speed limits displayed on electronic information boards.



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Indian visitor in UAE to fly home after 14 years, Dh500,000 fine waiver


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Dubai: A stranded Indian visitor for 14 years in the UAE is finally returning home on September 26.

Baskari Raghavlu, 41, hailing from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, will be seeing his daughter for the first time in his life as his wife was pregnant when he first came to the UAE. Thanks to the efforts of a social worker in the UAE, his fines of over half a million (Dh511,200) have also been waived off, paving the way for his exit.

“I cannot wait to see my family,” he told Gulf News. “Life has been such a big struggle. At one point, I had given up on myself.” Raghavlu came to the UAE on a visit in 2006. “At the time, my wife was pregnant with our first child. We decided that I should leave India and come work in the UAE so that we can give our child a good life. The aim was to save money and live our dream back home. Who knew I would not get a chance to meet my child for 14 long years?”

Soon after he landed in the UAE, tragedy struck.Raghavlu was injured in a road accident while travelling in his company vehicle. The accident left injuries to his hand, leg and neck. For four years, he tried to get compensation from the company where he worked. He even hired a lawyer, who took his passport. “I don’t know where the lawyer is and where my passport went. And all this happened in a month’s time of my coming to the UAE. I did not know where to seek help. I kept waiting for the lawyer to help me out,” Raghavlu said.

In order to sustain himself, Raghavlu said he did some odd jobs. “This way, I was able to send home some money every month to my family. But I have not been able to do that in the last three years.” He said during one of the amnesty programmes by the UAE government, Raghavlu managed to secure an outpass to leave the country, but did not have money for his flight ticket.

“My struggles continued. It was difficult for me to find a proper job. Finally I met a social worker recently who agreed to help me.” Lawyer and social worker Sheela Thomas said she found Raghavlu in a desperate state. “He was struggling for accommodation. He was living off the generosity of some other blue collar workers. Raghavlu looked tough on the outside but on the inside, he was an emotional wreck. He just wanted to return home and see his daughter for the first time in his life. I then took up his case.” 

Thomas said Raghavlu’s overstay fines have been cleared and he is set to fly home in two days. She said she bought a ticket for him for a flight to Mumbai on September 26.



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