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Beware! Slandering on Social Media can get you in trouble in Qatar

Trolling on the social media is emerging to be quite a nuisance for many people across the globe. Dealing with such an issue a court in Doha imposed a fine of QR10, 000 on a 35 year old Indian Expat after he was found guilty of slandering two people on the social media.

The defendant was tried under Article 84 of the Penal Code No.14 of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law of 2014. The law dictates that the guilty can both be imprisoned for a period of 2 years and pay a fine of up to QR10, 000 or either of the two penalties can be imposed depending on the judge who is hearing the case.

The Misdemeanour Court observed that the defendant was guilty of spreading lies and slandering two firms and their promoters on the social media, for whom he had previously worked as an employee. The Honourable Court noted that the defendant spread vitriolic and factually incorrect statements on social media with an intent to damage to the public standing of the petitioners.

 

The defendant had allegedly accused the plaintiffs via his Facebook page of duping poor workers with promises of high salaries and then backtracking on such promises. The plaintiffs maintained that by spreading such baseless things on the social media, the defendant had damaged the public standing of both the companies and themselves as well in an individual capacity.

The defendant was sentenced in absentia as he had failed to turn up before the Honourable Court.

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