No po­lice ac­tion over post of Rolls parked il­le­gally

But cops warn of so­cial me­dia threat

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

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.

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