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Divulging Entrusted Secrets Might Entail Serious Penalties: State Prosecutors Office Clarifies

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:40:59


PROSECUTORS, Article 379

The latest social media posts by the State Prosecutors Office, UAE, have further clarified the legal repercussions which might follow if entrusted secrets are revealed. This has been clarified through a film material that has been shared on the social media handles of the public prosecutor.

It is pertinent to note that Article 379 of the Federal Law No. 3/1987, promulgating the Penal Code, states that:

Punishment by detention for a period of not less than one year and by a fine of not less than twenty thousand Dirhams, or by either of these two penalties, shall apply to any one who is entrusted with a secret by virtue of his profession, trade, position or art and who discloses it in cases other than those lawfully permitted, or if he uses such a secret for his own private benefit or for the benefit of another person, unless the person concerned permits the disclosure or use of such a secret.

Furthermore, if the perpetrator is a public official or assigned to a public service and deposited the secret during, because of, or in connection with the performance of his job or service, the same would entail a punishment of five years imprisonment. These clarifications are being released as part of the Prosecution Office's on-going campaign to enhance legal awareness and legal culture among the citizens. The campaign seeks to promote the culture of law as a way of life.