Dubai: A policeman was cleared on Tuesday of breaching Lionel Messi’s privacy by posting his passport on Snapchat after his lawyer argued that no criminal complaint had been lodged by the Barcelona legend.
The Dubai Appeal Court overturned the one-month imprisonment against the Emirati policeman and acquitted him after his lawyer, Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan, argued that Messi did not complain against his client for posting the Argentinian superstar’s passport image on Snapchat in December.
In February, the Dubai Misdemeanours Court jailed the Emirati policeman, J.J., for a month for abusing the telecommunication system and breaching Messi’s privacy by using his iPhone6 to post the footballer’s image of his passport and uploading it on social media.
“Messi did not take any legal action against the suspect … neither did his aide. On the contrary, the latter had permitted my client to take a snap of the passport during the star’s visit to Dubai in December. Messi [the passport owner] was not even questioned before the police and prosecutors. Who is the victim in this case? J.J. posted the video footage on Snapchat, but he only did that after obtaining the aide’s approval,” lawyer Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan, of Bin Suwaidan Advocates and Legal Consultants, told presiding judge Rashid Al Sumairi.