COVID-19: Uni employee remanded over fake news

2020-03-25 at 17:14

A University Administrative Officer has been remanded over spreading misinformation pertaining to the coronavirus.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake issued an order to remand the suspect till the 1st of April. Initial investigations carried out by Police revealed the individual had spread misinformation pertaining to COVID-19 on his Facebook account.

The suspect was arrested and produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate by the Criminal Investigations Department following investigations.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana says another three persons who circulated misinformation pertaining to the coronavirus.

Speaking at a media briefing today the DIG said the University Administrative Officer is a 40-year-old individual, who is presently employed at a degree awarding institution.

The DIG said the Officer is a degree holder, and has also lived in Australia for 8 years.

He noted that after conducting investigations, the individual was arrested and was presented in Court today and remanded.

The DIG said previous suspects were a three-wheel driver and a barber.

The DIG noted that as a result of such incidents, complications arise in the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus within quarantine centers.

The DIG added that websites, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and other social media platforms are being monitored to identify individuals who share false news.