UAE fines, deports woman for checking husband’s phone

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UAE fines, deports woman for checking husband’s phone

Post by Ria on Fri May 20, 2016 9:56 am

UAE fines, deports woman for checking husband’s phone

A woman using her cell phone visits the 27th Janadriyah festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
The United Arab Emirates has heavily fined a woman for checking her husband’s cell phone without his permission.

According to local media reports, the woman was found guilty by Ajman’s criminal court of breaching her spouse’s privacy under UAE cybercrime laws after he complained to the police.

The unnamed woman, a Saudi national, admitted to checking her husband’s phone and transferring several of his pictures to her own device after she became suspicious that he was having an affair.

She was ordered to pay a fine of 150,000 dirhams ($41,000) for damages resulting from "the invasion of privacy of another person" before being deported.

Human Rights Watch issued a report last year, highlighting the problems expatriate women in the UAE may face if they get involved in legal disputes with their husbands.

The report stressed that UAE courts do not take cases of domestic violence seriously and tend to generally discriminate against women.

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