Waiter jailed for faking explicit social media account of policeman in UAE
A man was jailed in the UAE for defaming a policeman by opening an account on social media and posting his pictures. (File photo)
A man, who was found guilty of defaming a policeman by opening an account on social media and posting his pictures, was sentenced to two years in jail on Monday.
According to public prosecution records, the 29-year-old Filipino waiter posted pictures on the social media suggesting that the policeman liked to have sex with men and inviting them to make contact with him.
The policeman, a Yemeni, told the investigators that the accused, who was facing multiple charges, was his friend.
The waiter was also accused of threatening the policeman on WhatsApp to cause trouble to him unless he paid him Dh8,000.
He was also charged with having consensual sex with the complainant. He pleaded guilty earlier to the charges in court.
The Court of First Instance ordered his deportation after serving his jail term.
Meanwhile, the policeman has been referred to the Court of Misdemeanors on the charge of having illicit consensual sex.
The complaint dates back to and prior to February 15 and was registered at Al Qusais police station.
The policeman said: "I got a phone call from my colleagues asking me about the reason I posted pictures of me in the uniform on Instagram."
He went to a police station in Ajman to lodge a complaint against the waiter after seeing his pictures including that of his father on the site.
The policeman was later summoned by a lieutenant colonel in his workplace. "I was asked about the page that had my personal picture in the uniform," he told the prosecutor.
He reportedly admitted in the interrogation that out of the six pictures posted on the site, three were his own pictures and one was his father's.
The policeman told the investigators that it was the accused who opened the account. He added that the man had previously threatened to post his pictures online so to intimidate him into being his lover.
He confessed that he had sent his picture in the uniform to the accused about one year earlier.
He added that the defendant obtained the other pictures from his Instagram or WhatsApp accounts and that the accused posted his personal mobile number (the complainant's) on that account.
The ruling may be appealed.