Former President of Ghana Football Association, Kwasi Nyantakyi has revealed that a formal complaint has been made in the United Arab Emirates against investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas over parts of the recordings in the recent #Number12 video footage.
According to Nyantakyi, Anas and his TigerEye PI team broke the laws of the Emirati country by secretly filming him without his consent.
“Even in the UAE, it is illegal to record anybody without his permission. It is a criminal offence, it is not like here in Ghana. In Ghana we will say breach of the constitution but over there, you will be taken to court and if you are guilty, you are jailed for recording someone without permission. As for him Anas, the report we have made against him, he will have to face those things in future and answer why he will be recording people in Dubai without their permission. It is in Ghana that he can do that and go scot free but it is not possible for him to do that in Dubai,” Nyantakyi said.
This is the first time the former FA boss is commenting publicly on Anas after the journalist and his TigerEye PI team premiered an investigative film on football corruption that saw Mr. Nyantakyi removed from all positions in football and permanently banned from football-related activities by FIFA.
According the Dubai Police, filming and taking photos of people without their permission is punishable by UAE’s laws and regulations; namely the Federal Decree Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combating Cybercrimes (Cybercrime Law) that prohibits the invasion of an individual’s privacy by breaching their privacy, including taking pictures of others, or publishing or displaying those pictures.
“The law states that those caught using technology to invade someone else’s privacy can be jailed for not less than one year and face fines of between Dh150,000 (GH¢ 214,000) and Dh500,000 (GH¢ 700,000),” Dubai Police said.