Tough fines and jail terms un­der new code

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The max­i­mum fine for a crim­i­nal of­fence is to rise ten­fold as part of sweep­ing changes to UAE pe­nal law. The amount has in­creased from Dhs100,000 to Dhs1 mil­lion. The over­haul was an­nounced in the of­fi­cial gazette af­ter ap­proval by Pres­i­dent HH Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and will take ef­fect from Novem­ber. The max­i­mum penalty for un­der­min­ing state se­cu­rity dur­ing times of war has also been in­creased from 10 years to the death penalty. An­other key change means of­fend­ers con­victed over mi­nor of­fences that were pun­ish­able by a jail term of less than six months will in­stead do com­mu­nity ser­vice of up to three months. Ad­vo­cate and le­gal ex­pert Ali Al Abadi ex­plained that mi­nor of­fences may in­clude beg­ging, small fights with no as­saults, petty thefts and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol. “I think com­mu­nity ser­vice is a good thing as it would help teach of­fend­ers dis­ci­pline and good man­ners in ad­di­tion to them pro­vid­ing ser­vices to their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

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