UAE Threatens Qatar Sympathisers

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced tougher punishments against those who sympathise towards  Qatar, including jail up to 15 years and also fine….reports Asian Lite News

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UAE Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi said sympathising with Qatar was a cybercrime punishable by law, Gulf News reported.

“Strict and firm action would be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar or against anyone who objects to the position of the UAE whether it be through social media or any type of written, visual or verbal form,” Al-Shamsi said.

Anyone who threatens the interests, national unity and stability of the UAE will face a jail term from three to 15 years and a fine not less than $136,000.

Al-Shamsi said these new measures were in response to Qatar’s “hostile and irresponsible” policies against the UAE and against the “other Gulf and Arab brotherly states”.

According to the UAE, the aim was to “preserve the country’s national security, its national priorities and those of its people”.

Saudi Arabia is also contemplating applying its own cybercrime legislation against anyone questioning its government or supporting Qatar, according to a statement by lawyer Mushrif al-Khashrami published by Saudi daily Okaz.

In Saudi Arabia, the crime will lead to a five-year sentence and may include a fine of three million riyals ($800,000), Efe news reported.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain announced they were severing diplomatic relations with Qatar and ordered the closure of their land, sea and air borders to all Qatari transport systems.

This was followed by the withdrawal of ambassadors from the Maldives, Mauritania and Saudi-supported factions in the ongoing civil conflicts in Yemen and Libya. Jordan downgraded its diplomatic mission in Doha.