The mosque shootings in New Zealand saw a number of Islamophobes voice their insensitive and hateful opinions on Muslims. Among those was an employee in the Muslim-majority city of Dubai.
The Transguard Group employee, whose name has not been revealed, used a fake Facebook profile to share his vile thoughts following the terrorist attack. In it, he reportedly "celebrated the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand."
He is believed to be a safety and security officer at the Dubai-based business support and outsourcing provider. He suggested that "such attacks should be carried out during Friday prayers at other mosques as well," according to Gulf News.
The Dubai-based firm launched an investigation into the Facebook post, and has since fired the employee.
"The employee has since been deported"
"After verifying this person's actual identity, he was apprehended by Transguard, stripped of his security credentials, terminated from our employment and handed over to the relevant authorities as per company policy and UAE Cybercrime Law No. 5 of 2012," Transguard Group wrote in a statement.
"He has been deported by the UAE government," the statement added.
The attacks on two mosques in New Zealand left 50 people dead and countless others severely injured. The gunman who opened fire with a "semi-automatic weapon for ten to 15 minutes" has since been identified as a 28-year-old Australian citizen named Brenton Tarrant. He has been charged with murder.
UAE's cybercrime laws
Over the past few years, a number of residents and visitors found themselves in deep trouble because of content posted on their social media accounts. The UAE's cybercrime laws govern various aspects of the internet including social media posts made to Facebook and WhatsApp.
In 2015, Australian Jodi Magi was fined 13,200 dirhams ($3,600), jailed for two days, and deported from the country following a Facebook post which Magi had shared. In it, she shared a photograph of a car - with its plate number blacked out - parked across two disabled spots outside her apartment in Abu Dhabi.