UAE authorities send out warning over 'plague' of online drug trafficking

The UAE Federal Public Prosecution set out strict penalties for serious drug offences

UAE Prosecutors warn the public of publishing any information that promotes narcotics. AFP    
UAE Prosecutors warn the public of publishing any information that promotes narcotics. AFP    

UAE authorities have vowed to "eliminate the plague" of online drug trafficking after sending out a warning that culprits face strict penalties.

The UAE Federal Public Prosecution outlined its determination to root out cyber criminals operating rogue websites for the purpose of selling narcotics.

Officials pledged to continue the fight against the drug trade and raise awareness of its dangers to the public.

Prosecutors reminded the public that UAE law sets out tough punishments for the trafficking or promoting of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, with the most serious offences carrying the death penalty and fines of up to Dh1 million.

They noted that a 2012 federal law on combating cyber crimes had addressed the use of technology as a means to traffic drugs.

The crackdown on offenders aims to boost community safety and protect younger members of society from the scourge of drugs.

“Whoever establishes, manages or runs a website, or publishes information on the computer network, or any information technology means for trafficking in or promoting narcotics or psychotropic substances… shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine not less than Dh500,000 and not in excess of Dh1 million or either of these two penalties,” said the public prosecution in a statement on Wam.

"Eliminating this plague will not only protect our young people but will also enhance the sense of safety and stability of our community.”

Updated: July 22, 2020 01:13 PM

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