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Dubai police seek to prosecute Saudi under new anti-hate law

If prosecuted, Hadeef will become the first man to be charged under the new anti-hate law issued by the UAE last week

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Dubai’s deputy police chief vowed Tuesday to push for a Saudi man to be prosecuted following allegations that he tweeted insults against the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mohammed al-Hadeef “will be presented to the UAE court and we’ll chase him with all means, whether through Interpol or through bilateral cooperation with other states,” Dahi Khalfan Tamim told Al Arabiya News. “He’ll find himself chased and wanted at every airport.”

If prosecuted, Hadeef will become the first man to be charged under the new anti-hate law issued by the UAE last week.

Tamim said he had filed two cases against Hadeef, one for his insults against the UAE, the other for inciting hatred against the country.

Citizens are encouraged to report incitement to hate or racism to the authorities. Penalties for violating the law include jail terms from six months to more than 10 years, as well as fines.