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CRIME Suicide punishable under UAE law

Individuals who attempt to kill themselves are treated as suspects

By Bassam Za'za', Senior Reporter
May 17, 2011

Dubai: UAE law prohibits suicide and suicide attempts. Individuals who attempt to kill themselves are treated as suspects and adjudicated before the Court of Misdemeanours.

Shoaib Ali Ahli, senior prosecutor at Dubai Public Prosecution, said attempted suicide is an offence. "A suicide attempt is treated as an offence and a suspect is referred to the Court of Misdemeanours. The law prohibits a person from trying to put an end to his or her life. A person who attempts to commit suicide but fails to do so for any reason will be prosecuted," Ahli told Gulf News.

Being an accomplice to suicide is also a criminal act in the UAE, and any person who incites or encourages another person to commit suicide is also punishable, Ahli added.

Lawyer Eisa Bin Haidar said judges frequently slap fines on those who attempt suicide. Under Article 335 of the UAE Federal Penal Law, a suspect who attempted suicide faces a maximum of six months in prison and/or a maximum fine of Dh5,000.

"Generally, the Misdemeanours court treats suspects who attempted suicide with leniency and only imposes fines… because those suspects are already in some sort of anguish. Punishment against suspects who attempt suicide is derived from Sharia that prohibits such behaviour," Bin Haider said.