Transguard Group employee deported from UAE for social media remarks over New Zealand attack

Transguard Group employee deported from UAE for social media remarks over New Zealand attack
Published: 20 March 2019 - 10 a.m.

Dubai-based Transguard Group has sacked and deported an employee for posting a comment on Facebook celebrating the terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two terrorist mass shootings at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre during Friday prayer on 15 March 2019. As many as 50 people were killed and several wounded in the terror attacks.

Transguard’s managing director Greg Ward said in a statement to Gulf News, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for the inappropriate use of social media, and as a result this individual was immediately terminated and turned over to the authorities to face justice. Transguard’s long-standing social media policy was established in support of the UAE’s stringent cybercrime regulations; it is enforced through regular monitoring, evaluation and, if necessary, disciplinary action, including fines, termination and deportation, as per federal law."

Ward said in a statement: “Over the weekend, a Transguard employee made inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook account celebrating the deplorable mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. This prompted an internal investigation, which uncovered the fact that the individual in question had been posting his views on social media under an assumed name. 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. As of this statement, he has been deported by the UAE government."



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