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Up to AED500K, 25 Years in Jail for Insulting UAE Flag

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Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have warned of stiff penalties, including a jail term of up to 25 years and a fine of Dh500,000 for anyone caught misusing or insulting the UAE flag in any way.

In a recent Twitter update, the UAE Public Prosecution explained that whoever insults the UAE flag publicly or at any public place or a location opened for the public will be subject to the above penalties.

Article (3) of the Federal Law No. 2 of 1971 on the Union Flag and its amendments states that anyone who drops, damages, or in any way insults the Union Flag will face a prison term of not less than 10 years and not more than 25 years.

The law also stipulates that in addition to a jail term, a minimum fine of Dh500,000 will also be imposed on the person found guilty of insulting the country’s flag.

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According to the public prosecutors, the same punishment will be given to anyone who insults a flag of any member emirates in the Union, the flag of any GCC country or the flag of any other country.

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