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UAE Public Prosecution Warns about Acts that Violate Freedom

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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The UAE Public Prosecution posted on the social media handles about the punishment for violating freedom.

According to Article No. 395 of Federal Decree-Law No. 31 of 2021 Promulgating Penal Code (Law of Crimes and Penalties), whoever kidnaps, arrests detains or deprives a person of his/her freedom in any way illegally, whether by themselves or through the intermediary of others, shall be sentenced to temporary imprisonment.

The UAE Public Prosecution mentioned in the social media post that the penalty shall be life imprisonment will be awarded in the following instances:

If the act takes place by impersonating a public capacity, pretending the performance or assignment of a public service or to contact under a false representation.
If the act is performed by use of subterfuge or accompanied by the use of force, threat of killing, inflicting severe bodily harm or by acts of physical or psychological torture.
If the act is performed by two or more armed persons.
If the period of kidnapping, arresting, detaining or depriving of freedom exceeds one month.
If the victim is a female, a juvenile, an insane, a feeble-minded or a person with a disability.
If the purpose of the act is to draw profit, revenge, rape of the victim, disgrace or injury of the victim, or have the victim perpetrate a crime.
If the act is committed against a public servant during or because of, the discharge of his/her duties, should the act lead to the death of the victim, the punishment shall be the death penalty.

The post also mentioned, “Any person who acts as an intermediary in the commission of any of the offences listed in this article, as well as anyone who knowingly hides a kidnapped person, will face the same penalties as the main criminal.”

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