Court told of hate case

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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.

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