Police warn people to refrain from misleading others about COVID-19

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Section 4 of The Electronics Crimes (Amendment) Act of 2018 makes it an offense for any person to intentionally without lawful excuse or jurisdiction send by means of an electronic system:

(a) Information that is threatening;

(b) An electronic mail or an electronic message for the purpose of causing annoyance, insult, intimidation, enmity or hatred.”

(2) For the purpose of this section, the term “electronic mail” or “electronic message” means a message or information created or transmitted or received on an electronic system or electronic device including attachments in text, images, audio, video and any other electronic record which may be transmitted with the message.

(3) A person who contravenes this act commits an offence and is liable on-

(i) summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to both; or

(ii) conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, or to both.

The preceding information is a warning to members of the public who have taken it upon themselves to mislead others in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Police are therefore asking those involved to desist from this illegal practice.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I guess the person who had created the voice message don’t know about this active law.
    I hope someone can recognize her voice.

  2. I dont think it’s a case where people are purposely misleading others..they are sharing from NEWS sources and some Newspapers on the internet..and its worst when they know they are not being told the full truth by those that should be telling them everything.

    If there are (suspected) cases and you talk about it..all of a sudden you are told nothing is Confirmed and then all of a sudden few days in you heard people were quarantined..from when did this happen? Why wasn’t it mentioned the day after it happened? Or on the local news?

    Now there is no freedom of speech..we are to wait until things happen like in Italy before we hear the truth of things.

    We have eyes..we can see..hear something is going on..but it’s like whatever. If they arrest someone for sharing things about COVID, I hope you will arrest those that that person shared the news from and the person before that and the person before that.

    Who do you determine did know it was a hoax and decided to share?

  3. There are several laws on the books but some are not enforced….. Sad!! Both police & civilians are guilty of breaching some these laws….. It is all well & good that we are reminded about these laws but putting into effect will serve the nation better….. Sometimes it appears that the authorities are too complacent enforce the laws

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