No police action over post of Rolls parked illegally
But cops warn of social media threat
The man who filmed a Rolls-Royce parking in a disabled bay in Dubai won’t face prosecution after the owner of the car refused to press charges, police said.
However, they warned that the case illustrates that people must be careful that they don’t breach privacy if they circulate footage of others on social media.
Last month, Dubai Police arrested a man who recorded a video of Balvinder Sahni’s white Rolls Royce – which carries the Dhs33 million D5 plate that he bought at auction just weeks before – when it was backed into a spot outside Aspin Commercial Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road.
However, officials at Dubai Police said the case has been dropped against the man after Sahni said he would not pursue a complaint for defamation.
As reported in 7DAYS (right), although the car is registered to Sahni, police transferred the fine for parking in a disabled bay to Sahni’s driver when the businessman explained he was not behind the wheel. Dubai Police urged the public to report offences to them either via hotlines or the police app and not to post the footage on social media. General Khamis Mattar Al Muzaina, Director of Dubai Police, said the force takes defamation seriously. “No one has the right to breach the privacy of anyone,” he said. “It’s not allowed to record others even, if they are committing a violation, and then post the video or pictures on social media or to send it to others.” He stressed that Dubai Police created its ‘We Are All Policemen’ programme to make it easier for people to report traffic violations. The public can report violations such as parking a vehicle on the pavement, parking in front of a fire hydrant and in special needs spots, as well as vehicles blocking the road.