UAE: Penalty for possession of pornographic materials on phones

Legal Counsel, Dr. Youssef Al-Sharif, warned individuals against keeping pornographic videos that reach them via their phones, as mere storage of the clip, after possession, exposes its owner to legal accountability, and the penalty up to imprisonment and a fine.

He stressed the importance of families’ awareness of preserving their children and protecting them from watching pornographic clips spread through social media applications and sites, as they bear a responsibility, explaining that according to the Rumors and Cybercrime Law, they are punished by imprisonment for a period of no less than (6) months, and a fine of no less than (150) One thousand dirhams, and not more than one million dirhams, for anyone who intentionally acquired child pornography, using an electronic information system, a computer network, a website, or an information technology means, which means that to protect yourself from liability, you must first receive Such clips, you should delete them immediately, and do not keep them on your device.

Al-Sharif said, in episodes broadcast by "Emirates Today" newspaper on its platforms, to shed light on the newly issued laws, that Article 35 of the Rumors Law decided regarding the use of children in preparing pornographic materials, "to be punished by imprisonment, for a period of no less than two years, and a fine of no less than (250) thousand dirhams, and not more than one million dirhams, or one of these two penalties, for anyone who incites, seduces, or helps a child to broadcast, prepare or send pornographic materials, using a computer network or any information technology means.

The second item of the article decided that the penalty would be temporary imprisonment, and a fine of not more than one million dirhams, if the pornographic materials prepared or sent were the subject of this child, warning families against photographing their children in certain disturbing positions, in order to make others laugh and gather fans. and followers through their accounts on social networking sites.

And the third paragraph of the text of this article, decides to exempt the child from accountability, and decides that he is not criminally responsible, the child victim, for the actions he commits, as a result of incitement and seduction, and this means, that if his behavior is individual, he can be held accountable, and subject to one of the measures stipulated, in The law of juveniles, but if it was incitement, then he should not be asked, considering that incitement and seduction are sufficient to prove them, if it is proven that the person who filmed him was an adult.

Al-Sharif called on families to be careful and pay attention to their children and not to underestimate their use of telephone devices and their daring to prepare pictures or videos, which may constitute a crime, for which the child is sometimes blamed, and the family often.