Two held for post­ing video of busi­ness­man

EX­PATS BE­HIND VI­RAL VIDEO CHARGED WITH VI­O­LAT­ING PRI­VACY LAW

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY ALI AL SHOUK Staff Re­porter SAJILA SASEENDRAN Se­nior Re­porter

South Africans be­hind vi­ral video of Ajay Gupta ar­rested on charges of in­va­sion of pri­vacy |

Two ex­pa­tri­ates have been ar­rested in Dubai for post­ing a video of a South African busi­ness­man of In­dian ori­gin who, they claimed, was a fugi­tive in South Africa.

The two South African ex­pa­tri­ates, who posted the video of busi­ness­man Ajay Gupta on so­cial me­dia were ar­rested on charges of in­va­sion of pri­vacy, po­lice con­firmed to Gulf News.

Busi­ness­man Justin Van Plet­zen had posted the video of con­fronting Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta broth­ers ac­cused of links to for­mer South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, in Dubai on April 4.

Re­ports in South African me­dia said Van Plet­zen, 39, who has been liv­ing in the UAE since 2016, was ar­rested af­ter the video went vi­ral.

Bri­gadier Ah­mad Bin Gu­laitha, Direc­tor of Rafaa po­lice sta­tion, said they ar­rested two men and a woman who stopped the busi­ness­man to speak with him and took videos of him be­side his lux­ury car.

“They posted the video with­out his ap­proval and claimed that he is a scam artist and wanted in his coun­try. We don’t have any in­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rant for the South African busi­ness­man,” he said.

He said the sus­pects breached the pri­vacy of the busi­ness­man by post­ing the video on so­cial net­works.

“He was in Rafaa area when his coun­try­man started a friendly con­ver­sa­tion and lured him for a video of him be­side his lux­ury car, while a sec­ond man and a woman recorded the man and his car. Within a few hours the video went vi­ral.”

Defam­a­tory state­ments

Plet­zen, posted the video claim­ing that Gupta was lead­ing a lux­ury life in Dubai de­spite be­ing a fugi­tive in South Africa and urged his gov­ern­ment to take ac­tion against him.

“The vic­tim made of­fi­cial com­plaint against all the peo­ple in­volved in mak­ing the video and we ar­rested them. The woman was cleared and the two men were re­ferred to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion af­ter charg­ing them with lur­ing the vic­tim to be filmed with them in front of his car and then up­load­ing the clip on so­cial me­dia and post­ing defam­a­tory com­ments,” Bri­gadier Bin Gu­laitha added.

He said in the UAE it is not al­lowed for any­one to take pic­tures or video of oth­ers with­out his or her per­mis­sion and then post­ing them on the in­ter­net.

“UAE has laws that crim­i­nalise us­ing the in­ter­net to breach the pri­vacy or to de­fame oth­ers. Even record­ing a fight or an ac­ci­dent and post­ing it on so­cial net­works can land the per­son in trou­ble as per the Cy­ber Crime law,” Bri­gadier Bin Gu­laitha added.

Con­sul Gen­eral of South Africa in Dubai Magobo David Magabe told Gulf News: “I can con­firm that one of our ex­pats was taken into cus­tody by the po­lice and the charges are re­lated to in­va­sion of pri­vacy.”

He said the con­sulate of­fi­cials had vis­ited Justin Van Plet­zen and were pro­vid­ing con­sular ser­vices to him.

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