Man jailed in Dubai over WhatsApp message
A BRIT working in Dubai was jailed there for moaning on WhatsApp about a second-hand car.
Estate agent Yaseen Killick, 29, paid £6,000 ($AU10,000) for the VW Golf only for it to break down within hours, The Sun reports.
He then discovered it was previously a write-off — so angrily messaged the seller to ask: “How do you sleep at night knowing you are ripping people off?’’
Yaseen, who had moved to the Gulf state with his wife Robyn, 31, was arrested after the man complained to cops.
He spent three weeks behind bars — and was then kicked out of the country.
Yaseen said: “It was a nightmare. The prison conditions were horrific. I was treated appallingly — all for sending a WhatsApp message.”
Wife Robyn, a teacher, sobbed in Kingston, South West London: “We have lost our home and our jobs and it’s been horrible all over this guy ripping us off and we are so badly out of pocket.
“We went there to try as a last adventure before coming back to England and getting married and starting a family but it’s left us really badly out of pocket.”
Her husband was seized at Dubai airport as the couple headed to catch a flight home for Christmas.
Radha Stirling, of pressure group Detained In Dubai, said: “The United Arab Emirates has some of the strictest cyber crime laws in the world and many people have fallen foul of them — even if they are outside of Dubai.
“Anyone who sends a message to someone in Dubai on electronic media that is critical or a complaint then they can find themselves subject to a police investigation and if convicted they can be fined or even imprisoned.’’
Yaseen, who was also fined £1,000, ($AU1,700) said after spending Christmas in jail: “When everyone was tucking into turkey I had beans, pumpkins and lentils.”
He slammed the British Embassy as “useless”.
This article was originally published by The Sun and appears here with permission.
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