Man arrested for ‘showing off’ wealth in Dubai social media stunt

Dubai Police terms the act ‘uncivilised and inappropriate’

News Desk August 02, 2019
Dubai Police terms the act ‘uncivilised and inappropriate’. PHOTO COURTESY: DUBAI POLICE

Dubai police have arrested a man of Asian descent for sharing a video of him throwing away bank notes in the air to gain followers on social media.

The video clip went viral on social media platforms showing the man in his 30s throwing UAE dirhams in the streets, Colonel Faisal Al Qassim, director of the Dubai Police security media department, said.

“The man was arrested after he was identified by the Cyber-Crime Department at Dubai Police. He admitted of throwing the money to get more likes and followers and to become a celebrity on social media,” Col Al Qasim was quoted by Gulf News as saying.

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Terming the act ‘uncivilised and inappropriate’, the Dubai police urged social media users to acquaint themselves with laws and traditions of the country and be aware of the consequences of such acts in accordance with the UAE cyber-crime laws.

“People should know the law. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Article 29 from the cyber-crime law states that people who publish news or rumours in purpose of mocking or damaging the country’s reputation shall be punished with jail and fine up to Dh1 million,” said Col Al Qasim.

This article originally appeared on Gulf News


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