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UAE Nationals get favourable sentences in UAE Courts

Old Oct 29th 2012, 9:01 am
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Default UAE Nationals get favourable sentences in UAE Courts

Hardly surprising is it?

From The National

"From my experience nationality is a factor," he says. "A UAE national wants to continue his life in the UAE so he will be given a lenient punishment in order for him to be released."
Dr Hammadi recalls a bribery case 18 months ago where he represented an Emirati man working for the government.
"It was a felony case so the sentence should have been three years up to 10 years. The panel sentenced him to one year, which was below the limit because the court applied mitigating factors and one of those factors was because he was a UAE national. In the appeal court, I was able to reduce it to six months because he was a UAE national - but the court will not say that in their decision."
Mr Odeh agrees that nationality can be a factor in reducing sentencing.
"It goes hand in hand with the type of judge. You can't deport an Emirati - where is he going to go? At the end of the day he's going to come back here and the government prides itself on protecting the interests of its own nation. There are barely a million people so there always needs to be a little bit of leniency with them. They are the pride of the nation but you do get Emiratis who get very harsh sentences and fines as well."
Such a policy conflicts with the UAE constitution that stipulates that all people, irrespective of their race, nationality, religion and social position, are equal before the law.
But Bonking Bex had better watch out...

Whether a case comes to the public's attention through the media can also influence the outcome, with less publicised cases receiving less punishment.
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In other news, the earth is round...
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In other news, the earth is round...
a sphere, shirley?
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Its actually an Oblate spheroid if we are being pedantic. Remember googling it years ago for a pub quiz.............
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Deportation means that "we can sleep at night with the door open" - I find that a staggeringly naïve statement. Lest anybody forget, murder happens here, rape happens here, burglary happens here - deportation clearly isn't much of a deterrent to anyone willing to commit those crimes.

And on a general level, why would anybody go to sleep with their doors unlocked when it only takes two seconds to turn the key?
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Its actually an Oblate spheroid ....
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Its actually an Oblate spheroid if we are being pedantic. Remember googling it years ago for a pub quiz.............
there's a cream for that...
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What about cases involving non GCC nationalities? Is there a pecking order in regards to leniency and or whos word matters most ?
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