New­ly­weds take Face­book trolls to court

Cou­ple re­ceived threats over wed­ding v ideo

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

A hus­band and wife who were sub­jected to a bar­rage of abuse and death threats on so­cial me­dia over their mo­tor­bike-themed wed­ding have taken two men to court be­cause of their com­ments.

But the Emi­rati men, on trial at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court, deny de­fam­ing the cou­ple.

Court records stated that fol­low­ing a tra­di­tional UAE wed­ding ser­vice, the Emi­rati cou­ple, both mem­bers of the Emi­rates Rid­ers biking group, cel­e­brated by tak­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle ride with friends.

This in­volved 60 bik­ers from the UAE, Saudi Ara­bia, Oman, Kuwait and Jor­dan. They rode their Har­ley-David­sons from Al Raha Beach Ho­tel in Abu Dhabi to Dubai. The new­ly­weds posted a video of the ride, which at­tracted abuse.

Af­ter post­ing the video on YouTube in March 2016, the cou­ple re­ceived abu­sive com­ments and even death threats. They filed a com­plaint against the two de­fen­dants along with more than 35 other so­cial me­dia users. The cou­ple said that one of the two de­fen­dants wrote a poem that was pub­lished on so­cial me­dia, in which he said ev­ery­one who at­tended their wed­ding should go to hell. The men ad­mit­ted to the court that they posted some com­ments on so­cial me­dia but said they de­nied the charge of defama­tion. “We had writ­ten some words on so­cial me­dia but our com­ments were nei­ther abu­sive nor in­sult­ing to the cou­ple,” said one of the men. “We didn’t do any­thing wrong to them.” The trial has been ad­journed, at the re­quest of de­fence coun­sel, un­til Oc­to­ber 26.

WED­DING: The video shot by Jor­da­nian TV chan­nel Amman Al Youm cap­tured the spe­cial day – but trolls took to so­cial me­dia to in­sult the pair

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