Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 March 2018

Man arrested for publishing footage of Emirati sword murders

Video depicted two young man dying or dead the street after a fight

A man has been arrested over a video posted online that showed two young Emiratis dead or dying in the street after a sword fight with four others.

The Emirati, 27, is alleged to have shared the footage on social media.

Ajman Police have detained him and said he breached the strict cyber crime laws, which also govern privacy and what can and cannot be shared on the internet.

The video showed the victims covered in blood at the scene on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road in Ajman on January 7.

The dead men were Emiratis aged 22 and 26.

Maj Mohammed Al Ghafly, deputy director of Ajman CID, said the man shot the video as he drove past, then shared it on Instagram.

“According to UAE Cybercrime Law No 5 of 2012, he will face not less than six months in jail or a fine not less than Dh150,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000 or both penalties,” said Major Al Ghafly, adding that during the clip, the man was speaking to his audience and telling them what he had seen.

The man who shot the film is heard saying in the clip: “Sword fight, and a young man dead on the side of the road, while another was lying between life and death with his guts out.

"I swear to god that what we have seen, the stabbing and the death, is beyond our capacity to forget – how can I unsee what I saw?”

Police did not say what sparked the argument, but said the 22-year-old Emirati was stabbed first as he tried to escape by crossing the busy road. His attackers, from Comoros Islands, then ran him over with their car.

The second Emirati was found dead by the side of the road.

One of the attackers was found in a critical condition after being stabbed himself during the fight.

Three suspects holding Comoros Islands passports and aged 18, 26, and 30 were arrested by Ajman and Umm Al Qaiwain police. Police said that all of the suspects have criminal records.

Major Al Ghafly urged the public to refrain from circulating pictures and videos of accidents and crimes.