Dubai 30th July 2013 : All charges have been dropped in a controversial road-rage incident that attracted public attention.
Video on You Tube showed an Emirati in a kandura repeatedly beating an Indian driver with his agal and punching him after a road accident, until another man stepped in to stop the attack.
The video went viral shortly after being uploaded to YouTube two weeks ago.
Prosecutors charged an Emirati with assault and the Indian man, 22, who uploaded the video, with defamation.
The case of an Indian man who filmed uploaded the video on YouTube, was dropped after the Emirati’s family waived their defamation complaint. The assault case against the Emirati was dropped after the Indian driver waived his complaint against the employee.
The Dubai Public Prosecution dismissed the two cases-assault and defamation that caused an internet sensation, according to a media statement issued by the Government of Dubai Media Office.
Both men charged have been released from custody. The statement said Emirati has been dismissed from his job because of the incident.
“The decision to dismiss the charges in both cases came after the litigating parties in both cases dropped their complaints and waived their rights. The investigating authorities initiated all legal actions relevant to the crime to guarantee all parties’ rights pursuant to the applicable laws,” said Dubai’s Attorney-General Essam Eisa Al Humaidan.
Essam Al Humaidan said the video depicted individual behaviour that should not be assumed to be common in Emirati society, and it was important for individuals to be aware of the damage their behaviour may do to others’ reputations.
He called on Public not to hesitate to use any evidence that they may have regarding any legal violations or crimes. He stressed the importance of adhering to correct legal procedures by reporting to the police and submitting any evidence to avoid any legal complications despite good faith.