The State Public Prosecution, through a tweet published today on its social media accounts, clarified the penalty for the crime of electronic extortion.
The Public Prosecution indicated that according to Article 16 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012 regarding combating information technology crimes and its amendments, a penalty of imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years and a fine of no less than 250 thousand dirhams and not more than 500 thousand dirhams, or one of these two penalties, shall be imposed on anyone who blackmailed Or threaten another person to get him to do or refrain from doing an act using a computer network or an information technology means. The penalty shall be imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years if the threat is to commit a felony or to impute matters offending honor or dignity.
The dissemination of this information comes within the framework of the State Public Prosecution's ongoing campaign to enhance the legal culture among members of society, and raise the level of public awareness of the law, with the aim of spreading the culture of law as a way of life.