Dubai: One of the courts in the United Arab Emirates acquitted an expatriate in the country who was accused of sending a text message to his colleague that was insulting Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
DM, a Briton, was accused of sending the message to his fellow sales executive KS, 24, after a business trip to Saudi Arabia in March last year.
The sales executive claimed that the Briton had reprimanded him for performing Umrah after work hours during the trip, telling him that this was not an approved company activity.
When they returned to Dubai on March 15, the sales executive resigned. He claimed that two days later the Briton sent him a text message that insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and warned him that he “knew lots of sheikhs.”
The Briton was arrested on soon after sending the text message at his workplace in Oud Metha and taken to Rafaa Police Station where he was interrogated.
He denied sending the message, saying the only message he sent following the man’s resignation was one that “wished him the best in the future.”
When confronted with the message that included insults to Islam, he said that he is “stunned” to know the message was sent from his number and that he believes he has been set up using “some computer technologies.”
He said that he was asleep at the time the message was sent and that he had requested records of his mobile phone activity after he was informed of the complaint. He said that these records proved he sent no such message.
The Misdemeanors Court acquitted the sales executive of four charges of insulting Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and one of insulting KS.
The court received a report from Etisalat Telecommunication in which it said that it was possible for a text message to be sent through certain websites on the internet in which the sender chooses the phone number he desires to appear as the sender.