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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Jail and Dh500k fine for failed driving student who sent offensive email to Dubai RTA 

The man was allegedly abusive to the Roads and Transport Authority after failing his driving test

A man who sent an email to Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority accusing them of "ripping off poor people” has been sentenced to three months in jail and fined Dh500,000.

In line with UAE laws that prohibit ‘mocking and humiliating a public authority’, Dubai Criminal Court convicted the Indian, 25, of mocking and humiliating a public authority, which he denied in court last November.

“I’m not guilty. I sent an email in which I was just trying to explain what happened with me,” the man told judges.

On April 30 last year, the man sent the email to the RTA after having apparently failed his driving test.

“Stop ripping-off poor people who come from other countries to make a living here. I was a victim of a driving licence test,” he wrote.

An Emirati legal researcher from the RTA reported the incident to police after receiving the email.

“I received a copy of the email and was asked to follow up on it by translating the email and lodging a complaint against the sender with police,” the man, 32, said.

Police contacted the man at his home in Jumeirah and asked him to report to a police station. When he failed to show up, he was arrested on August 2.

During questioning, the man admitted to sending the email using his iPhone, which was confiscated and referred to the criminal laboratory.

He is to be deported after serving his term; however, the sentence remains open to appeal for two weeks.