ABU DHABI // A man has been fined Dh1 million and jailed for five years for posting two videos supporting ISIL on social media.
Khaled Faisal, 37, from Palestine, was convicted by the Federal Supreme Court of promoting the terror group on social media and pledging allegiance to the organisation in the videos.
Faisal published two videos with footage of Dubai and its landmarks that were edited with audio of ISIL propaganda playing in the background. In one of the scenes, he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL.
In a caption, Faisal also pledged to support the terrorist organisations’s leader in the UAE. He was also found guilty of creating a Twitter account to spread information promoting ISIL.
In his post, Faisal described ISIL as the “bayonet of Muslims” and referred to Al Baghdadi as a “lion’s cub” and legitimised his reign.
The court ordered that Faisal be deported after completing his sentence and that online pages where the video appeared be shut down.
People convicted under the UAE’s anti-terrorist legislation face fines of up to Dh100 million. Last year, a Qatari man was jailed for 10 years and fined Dh1 million for posting insulting images of the Royal Family on social media. He and a compatriot were later pardoned.
Source: uae news