DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Police in Dubai have arrested a Russian citizen for filming a number of bare ladies on a high-rise balcony within the metropolis, a Russian diplomat stated Tuesday, after footage of the nude picture shoot went viral and prompted a crackdown within the Gulf Arab sheikhdom.
Greater than a dozen overseas ladies who had posed bare within the picture shoot had been detained, however solely the photographer carried Russian citizenship, Ivan Gubanov, the Russian vice consul in Dubai, advised The Related Press.
The photographer’s identify was not launched and the nationalities of the ladies weren’t instantly identified. Gubanov referred additional questions on prison proceedings to the Dubai police, which didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Earlier this week, Dubai police introduced that they had arrested a gaggle on debauchery fees over the video exhibiting bare ladies posing in broad daylight on a balcony overlooking the upscale Marina neighbourhood. The footage got here as a shock within the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms with strict guidelines governing public behaviour and expression, that are primarily based on Islamic regulation, or Shariah.
Violations of the general public decency regulation within the UAE, together with for nudity and different “lewd behaviour,” carry penalties of as much as six months in jail and a high-quality of 5,000 dirhams ($1,360). The sharing of pornographic materials can be punishable with jail time and hefty fines. The nation’s majority state-owned telecom corporations block entry to pornographic web sites.
Foreigners, who make up some 90% of the UAE’s inhabitants of over 9 million, beforehand have landed in jail for his or her feedback on-line, in addition to for offences thought-about tame within the West, like kissing in public.
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