The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission has clarified that a Nigerian lady, Ms. Dunchi Lar sentenced to one year imprisonment in the United Arab Emirates violated the social media law of the country.
This clarification was made known by Abdur-Rahman Balogun Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit NiDCOM, Abuja on Sunday in a tweet, posted on Twitter.
According to the NiDCOM’s communication, Ms. Lar made and tweeted the viral video of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, official at the Airport, this the country’s law frowns at.
Under the UAE cyber crime law, taking a video or photograph of someone without his/her consent and posting such on social media is an offence punishable with one year jail term or a fine of between approximately $69,000 and $137,000 or both jail term and fine.
The law also applies to eavesdropping, recording, photographing, or disclosing audio or video communication of a person without his/her permission, taking photographs or videos of a dead person or accident victim without such person’s consent.
Though, she was sentenced on the 12th of October, she has 15 days to appeal the judgement.
Ms. Dunchi Lar can still appeal the ruling and has been assured of moral and consular support by the Nigerian Mission in Dubai, the statement from the Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, NiDCOM, concluded.