Company drops UAE defamation claims against American contractor over Facebook comments

Ryan Pate allegedly insulted his employer and the UAE on social media. He has since reconciled with his company and the charges have been dropped.

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ABU DHABI // Defamation charges against an American who made negative comments about his employers and the UAE on social media have been dropped by the company.

The case against helicopter mechanic Ryan Pate was dropped by the Misdemeanours Court on Tuesday after he reconciled with the company.

He was charged after he allegedly insulted his employer by name and made derogatory comments about the UAE and Arabs on Facebook while he was on holiday in Florida.

He was said to have referred to the UAE as a “sandbox” and called his employers “back-stabbers”.

After making the comments, he returned to the UAE and was arrested upon his arrival in the capital on February 16.

He was released on bail on February 24, until the hearing on Tuesday.

The mechanic has since apologised on Facebook for the comments.

hdajani@thenational.ae