A female resident in Qatar has been prosecuted for sending insults via the mobile app WhatsApp, in the first case under the country’s controversial cybercrime law. The law prosecutes and targets crimes across digital platforms, from online fraud to social media.

The woman was sentenced in absentia late last month to six months in jail and ordered to pay a fine of $5,500 (QR20,000) for sending several messages to a man who arranged her accommodation. Allegedly upset because her landlord evicted her, she responded with insults, including a homophobic slur, according to news website Doha News.

According to the court’s verdict, as reported by Qatari daily newspaper Al Raya, the woman had also threatened to “have the man deported.”

The case is the first since the cybercrime law was formally introduced over a year ago. Critics of the law fear the new legislation may limit freedom of expression and speech, especially those of online publications.

The law could prosecute anyone who shares or publishes online content deemed harmful to the country’s “social values” or “general order.”.. see more

source: alarabiya. net