The Public Prosecution stated that the man's act might encourage others to indulge in such irresponsible behaviour.
The Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution on Saturday ordered the detention of an Asian man on the charge of wasting public property.
This came following the spread of a video clip on social media, showing the accused wasting property in a government office in Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Prosecution had received a complaint from that entity, attaching the video clip in which the accused appeared to be wasting material provided by it in one of its branches for its customers. The video also shows the logo of that entity, which is considered by the claimant as disrespect for its facilities. The claimant managed through footage of the surveillance cameras to determine the location and time of the incident and the specifications of the defendant's car.
On its part, the Public Prosecution stated that the accused appeared to be bragging about his act of wasting the material owned by a government entity, which might encourage others to indulge in such irresponsible behaviour that reflect nothing but recklessness and disrespect for public property.
The act made by the accused is criminalised by law. The Federal Penal Code, Article 424 states that anyone who destroys or damages a property owned by others, whether movable or immovable, causing this property to be defective or useless in any way, shall be punished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding a year and a fine not exceeding Dhs10,000, or by one of these two penalties.Article 46 of the Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cybercrimes states that the use of information network, the internet, or any other technology means when committing any crime not provided for in this Decree-Law shall be considered an aggravating circumstance.
The court also decided to punish each of the four defendants (PPL, GPL, KCRS, GBA) with a five-year imprisonment term and a fine of Dhs10m and deportation.
The Court ordered the confiscation of all devices used to commit the crimes, as well as the wiping of all data produced by the defendant, as well as the closing of all accounts associated to the defendant.
The Abu Dhabi Court of Cassation upheld the sentencing of two customer service employees at a government entity to one year in jail each and a fine of Dhs150,000.
The case dates back to last February, when reliable information was forwarded to the Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police about a person consuming narcotics and psychotropic substances and possessing a quantity of them in his house in the Palm Island area in Dubai.
The story did not end here but developed from rape into drugs and the victim ended up at the hands of Dubai Police who referred her to the Hemaya International Centre of Dubai Police’s General Department of Anti-narcotics for rehabilitation.
Social media users and residents have called local authorities to honour Matute for his heroic act.