A 38-year old Filipino administrator who was accused by a 24-year old Filipina of violating her rights to privacy pleaded guilty before the presiding Judge Urfan Omar at a Dubai Court of First Instance.
“Yes I made a mistake. I am sorry … please forgive me.”
Last November 2017, the man secretly filmed her while she was dressing up for work. They shared an apartment at Dubai Investments Park.
According to the woman, she was alerted by another Filipino friend. Her friend informed her that the accused had a 10-second video showing her partly naked. Apparently, the man shared the video with a common friend and even boasted of what he captured.
“I was at home at Dubai Investment Park when my Filipino friend told me that the suspect had secretly filmed me nude when I was at my previous residence. Initially, I did not believe him until he showed me the clip that the suspect had sent to him on WhatsApp. He secretly filmed me while I was getting dressed after taking a morning shower and getting ready to go to work. From the video content, it was quite obvious that the suspect slid his hand underneath the wooden partition [that we had used to divide the room into two compartments] and made the video.”
The Filipina immediately reported the incident to Dubai police and got the man arrested. He was charged with molestation of modesty and breaching privacy. He was also charged with misusing the telecommunication system for his own “guilty” pleasure.
“I want him to face a stern punishment because I am afraid that he might use the video against me and upload it on the internet.”
The court ruling was heard on July 30th. The Filipino administrator was sentenced to six months imprisonment.
The Cyber Crimes Law or Federal Law No.5 of 2012 of UAE strictly prohibits using IT means to breach someone’s privacy, including taking photos, displaying or publishing them. The strict law penalizes those caught of copying photos, eavesdropping, or publishing news with 6 months imprisonment and a fine of Dh150,000 to Dh300,000.
Sending and re-publishing pornographic materials is another cybercrime that is subjected to prison terms and fines in the country.
Source: Asia Times