Court told of hate case
A woman has been accused of cursing her uncle along with a historical Muslim scholar in what is believed to be the first trial held under new hate crime laws.
The Emirati, 53, allegedly used hateful language in an angry exchange with the 60-year-old man on Whatsapp.
Prosecutors say her sectarian comments amounted to a breach of new laws intended to stop the spread of hate.
In the messages she allegedly cursed her uncle as “tyrannous, wicked and a forger”.
She also allegedly cursed the scholar Yazid bin Muawiya, who lived 1,400 years ago and was the second Caliph.
Such comments are illegal under hate crime laws.
The entire row was not detailed in court but it is known that while the relatives are both Muslims, they are from different sects.
Dubai Court of First Instance was told the woman, a teacher, had a row with her uncle.
The uncle testified: “She would send me messages on Whatsapp using words like, tyrannous, wicked and forger.”
He said the text exchange began in November last year and lasted until January 10, when he went to police. “She
By Ali Al Shouk cursed me and Yazid in a message,” he added.
The woman admitted the charges but said: “For 29 years, I helped my uncle financially.
“Then, for the past four years, during which I have been suffering from cancer, he didn’t see or look after me.
“And now he is fighting me over a will. He deserved what I said to him. “A person who sends his niece to court is not a man.” Judge Fahad Al Shamsi adjourned the case until later this month.
The hate crimes law carries a minimum sentence of five years in jail and a fine of up to Dhs1 million.