Mon 13-03-2017 17:17 PM

UAE creates Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology Crimes

ABU DHABI, 13th March, 2017 (WAM) – Under the terms of Ministerial Resolution No. 220 for 2017, a new body entitled the Federal Public Prosecution for Information Technology (IT) Crimes, has been established, the UAE Attorney-General, Dr. Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, announced today.

The new department, which will have its headquarters in the nation's capital, will specialise in criminal cases involving the use of Information Technology, including the investigation of and resolution of such cases. Among these will be cases of misuse of the internet with the intention of damaging public morals, trafficking in persons, illegal activity relating to arms, ammunition and explosives, the raising of funds, calling for or abetting the breach of the laws of the State and the organisation of marches or other demonstrations.

The department will also be responsible for handling cases involving the insulting of God, His prophets and matters considered holy in Islam, together with insults aimed at matters considered holy to other religions recognised under Islamic Sharia law, as well as the rituals of these faiths. Other religious topics within the jurisdiction of the department include opposition to the religion of Islam and its practices and rulings, proselytisation on behalf of other religions and the promotion of sinful behaviour.

In other fields, the department's jurisdiction will cover dealing in and the promotion of narcotics and psychotropic drugs and their precursors, the facilitation of the illegal use of such substances, the transferring, transporting, depositing, storing or concealing the origins of any illegal funds, with the purpose of hiding their source, and trafficking in, possessing, acquiring and using such funds.

The Attorney General noted that the establishment of the new department was evidence of the strategy of the Public Prosecution to monitor criminal phenomena, to counter and deter them in a constitutional and legal manner, and to curb the negative impact of the abuse of modern technology on the UAE's value systems, its progress, and on the social and economic interests of both the state and individuals.

He praised the Minister of Justice, who is also chairman of the Supreme Federal Judicial Council, and the members of the Council for their quick response to the proposal to create the new public prosecution department.

The approval of the proposal was in line with the Ministry of Justice's strategy for sustainable development and its objective of to promote specialisation in various fields to maximise the capabilities of the criminal justice system, to achieve the interests of the country and its citizens and residents through an effective structure for legal protection, he added.

The Federal Public Prosecution was being enabled to do this, he said, as a result of the support being extended to it by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Al Shamsi concluded. WAM/MMYS

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