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Due to Dubai's bizarre cybercrime laws, anyone there faces arrest for sending messages that the recipient finds “offensive or humiliating”.
Ashraf Arjaoui, 28, could be sent to jail after being accused of insulting an unnamed Syrian woman.
For such a minor offense, the consequences could be devastating. The investigation in such cases can take 6 months or more, and it is expected that those under investigation will be able to pay for forced extended leave.
This process is part of the punishment, and Dubai receives financial benefits.
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