The Ministry of Finance (MoF) recently organised a workshop covering ‘The crime of divulging secrets in Islamic Sharia Law’ and ‘Employee and Trade Information’, presented by Mr. Tarek Ahmed Sukran, Legal Advisor at MoF, at the Ministry’s premises in Abu Dhabi. The workshop aimed to spread culture and legal knowledge among employees, and introduce them to the various legal aspects of committing a criminal act of disclosing trade information which violates the Islamic and legal law. MoF’s legal advisor stressed on the importance of addressing these crimes to emphasise the importance of trust in the workplace.
The workshop was attended by Mohammed Abdullah Al-Mu'ini, Head of the Legal Affairs Department at MoF, representatives from the Legal Affairs Department of MoF and a number of employees.
During the workshop, participants identified the specific meaning of this crime and its consequences due to its impact on employee and workplace reputation. Participants were also introduced to the linguistic meaning of a ‘Secret’ is that which is kept hidden as mentioned in ‘Some forms of withholding and divulgence in The Book, The Sunna and The Tradition of The Righteous’.
The workshop also addressed the crime of trade information as per the Islamic Sharia Law. They also identified different types of disclosure of confidential workplace information and the legal obligations and implications that follow this act. The legal advisor also introduced participants to the legal punishments of committing this act as per the Federal Penal Code.
The workshop was concluded with a discussion on the articles with regards to punishment outlined by the law, the conditions under which secrets are allowed to be disclosed as well as the crime of disclosing messages, emails or calls.