UAE General Prosecutor Hamad Saif Al-Shamsi warned early Wednesday that showing any sympathy for Qatar on social media is a cybercrime, punishable by the law, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Shamsi warned social media users that any pro-Qatar participation online could land them from three up to 15 years in prison or at least 500,000 dirhams ($136,000) in fines.
The prosecutor said that the decision was made in response to Qatar’s aggressive and irresponsible policies in the region.
Mauritania on Tuesday became the eighth country who cut ties with Qatar after Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Maldives and Mauritius. These countries accuse Qatar of undermining the region’s national security by giving support and safe haven to terrorist and militant groups including those backed by Iran.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that perhaps isolating Qatar is the “beginning of end of terrorism.”
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