In UAE any means of blackmailing is punishable by Law. Victims who are being blackmailed should not feel intimidated to report it to the relevant authorities. Any individual who fails to report the same is also considered as committing a crime. The police authorities have to be rightly informed about the threat or blackmail. Any individual who commits an act of getting financial or material gain in an unethical way has committed an act of blackmailing. We live in a world where there is more scope for all the illegal activities to take place. Social media plays a major role in entertaining fraudulent activities like threats, blackmail, insult, and libel. UAE cybercrime Law Federal Penal Code deals with those activities which relate to cybercrimes.
Blackmail is a form of coercion in which a person or group of individuals is threatened with the release or dissemination of substantially true or false information about them unless certain demands are met. It is frequently dangerous knowledge that's exclusively shared with family or friends, rather than the general public. It could include threats of physical, mental, or emotional harm to the victim or someone close to the victim, as well as criminal prosecution. Earlier when there was no internet or social media, blackmailing was by in person or through phone calls. But now there is a wide technological growth that the people can track the one who blackmails and the law is also evolving that those who commit such crimes will be punished at no mercy. In the start, people get panic and are unaware of what they do, when it comes to the effect in the name and reputation. The first step they should do is to reach out to legal experts to take necessary steps against the offender.
Laws Governing Blackmailing
Article 398 imposes a higher penalty if the act committed is a threat that causes an immoral act to them. In case such a crime has been committed the person committing such crime will be punished with an imprisonment of 2 years and a fine of AED250,000 to AED500,000 will be imposed. In case the same is committed by any foreigner, he would be deported in such circumstances. Additionally, Article 16 states anyone who uses a computer network or information technology means to extort or threaten another person to force him to engage in or prevent him from engaging in a certain act shall be punished by imprisonment for a maximum of two years and a fine of not less than two hundred fifty-thousand dirhams and a fine of not more than 500,000 dirhams, or one of these two punishments. If the threat is to commit a felony or engage in conduct that is against honor or morality, the punishment is up to ten years in jail.
Generally blackmailing is done by gathering information about your interest and those who are close to you. In the UAE to report an act of blackmailing we have a website through which any act of blackmailing can be directly reported. These are the channels where cyber crimes are directly reported:
- The E-Crime website
- Aman services
- The Dubai police website
- My safety society app which is launched by the UAE federal Public Prosecution.
An Abu Dhabi teen who was found guilty of blackmailing a young woman into paying him a substantial sum of money has been forced to pay her AED750,000 in damages. The Arab guy was also ordered to repay the AED700,000 he defrauded her by threatening to post private images of her on social media. The Abu Dhabi Appeals Court confirmed a lower court's decision ordering the Arab male to compensate the woman for the material and moral losses she incurred as a result of the blackmail. The guy appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals, claiming that it was unjust and that the woman's compensation was excessive. The judge, on the other hand, dismissed his appeal and upheld the original decision.