Arrests were made after an “indecent video” shot in Dubai went viral online. The Dubai Police had announced late on Saturday that a group of suspects had been arrested, warning against such “unacceptable behavior”.
The video shows more than a dozen women posing indecently on the balcony of a skyscraper in Dubai, directed by a photographer. The police reminded residents that such acts do not “reflect the values of Emirati society”.
The police also detailed the laws that the suspects may have violated when filming the video:
Publication of pornographic content
Article 17 of the United Arab Emirates cyber crime law specifies a fine between Dh250,000 and Dh500,000 for anyone who “establishes, operates or supervises an electronic website and / or transmits, sends or publishes through an electronic website of gambling or pornographic material “.
Article 361 of the Federal Penal Code specifies a fine of Dh 5,000 and / or six months’ imprisonment for anyone “publicly appealing, singing or engaging in obscene language and whoever publicly seduces debauchery in any way”.
Privacy and Rights
UAE prosecutors warned earlier this year that taking photos or videos of people without their consent – as well as sharing and saving those images – is an invasion of privacy. This crime is punishable in the United Arab Emirates with a fine of up to Dh500,000 and a prison sentence.