The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has implemented stringent penalties, including hefty fines and jail time, for individuals who assault public employees.
The Public Prosecution has issued a stern warning against assaulting public employees and has outlined the types of assault and the corresponding punishments.
Assault on Public Employees Defined:
According to the authorities, any individual who uses force, violence, or threats against a public employee or a person tasked with public service to unjustly force them into performing or refraining from a specific job-related action will face legal consequences.
Punishments for Assault:
- If the assault does not result in the desired outcome, the offender can expect a minimum of six months imprisonment as a penalty.
- If the assailant achieves their intended objective through assault, a minimum of one year in prison is mandated.
Serious Offenses and Aggravating Factors:
More stringent punishments apply under the law in more severe situations, such as when the crime is committed with premeditation, involves multiple perpetrators, the assailant carries a visible weapon, or the victim is struck with a weapon.
- Perpetrators in such cases face fines of no less than Dh100,000 or imprisonment of no less than one year.
These penalties serve as a strong deterrent against assaulting public employees and ensure the protection of those in public service roles in the UAE.
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