Two young men were arrested in the UAE over their selfie in front of a New Year’s Eve hotel fire and have been subsequently released after investigators found “no criminal intent”. The duo arrested for posting a selfie on social media with the Address Downtown fire in the background have been released, Attorney General of Dubai Essam Al Humaidan was quoted as saying by the state-run WAM news agency.
The news of the arrest and release of the two men comes after a couple were similarly criticised on the night of the fire for taking what was deemed to be the “most inappropriate selfie ever” smiling together with the burning hotel in the background. The Attorney General said that the Public Prosecution in Dubai has decided to release the two young men following a thorough investigation and review of the posted picture and case file and after listening to all witnesses.
The case against them has been closed since “no evidence of criminal intent was established”. The Attorney General called on individuals to exercise caution and discretion when posting any material on social media and refrain from spreading rumours, defaming others or violating other people’s freedom.
A huge fire ripped through the luxury Dubai hotel near the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, injuring 16 people, just a few hours before the emirate celebrated the new year with a spectacular fireworks display.