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Dubai FM firm probes staff praising New Zealand mosque attack

Transguard Group reportedly investigating the matter; says it stands 'with the UAE in condemning' attack that claimed 49 lives

A mosque was attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March.
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A mosque was attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March.

Dubai-based Transguard Group has reportedly launched an investigation against an employee that made insensitive comments on a Facebook post, which mourned the death of 49 worshippers during terror attacks at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque on 15 March, 2019.

According to a report by local daily Gulf News, the Transguard Group employee “expressed joy over the massacre and said such attacks should be carried out during Friday prayers at other mosques as well”.

In a statement to the daily, Transguard Group said it was investigating the matter, adding: “The opinion expressed by [the employee] is his and his alone – Transguard in no way supports his position and we stand with the UAE in condemning [Friday’s] attack on New Zealand.”

Posting abusive messages is an offence under the UAE Cybercrime Law, and involves penalties such as jail terms and/or fines between $13,600-816,770 (AED50,000-3m), Gulf News’s report added.

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