The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is to seek International Police Organisation (Interpol) assistance to trace two suspects living in Japan and Australia over circulating fake news related to COVID-19 deaths in Sri Lanka on social media.
Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said that fake news had been circulated in the social media platforms such as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, claiming that dead bodies were found on streets in Sri Lanka due to COVID-19.
It was also claimed that the health authorities of Sri Lanka are unable to control the spread of COVID-19 in the country and that a number of persons died on roads due to insufficient medical treatment, he said.
The Spokesman said that the CID launched a probe over one particular fake news which was published, and accordingly they have arrested two local suspects, residents of Kadugannawa and Hanthana earlier in this regard.
“According to forensic computer experts, it has been revealed that another two persons have collaborated on this from Japan and Australia, and they had published various articles containing fake news. Therefore, the CID will seek Interpol assistance to trace them,” he said.
The Spokesman urged social media users not to publish or forward news in connection with controversial issues. “People should verify whether such posts are correct. Otherwise, you might be a suspect of a criminal case,” DIG Rohana said. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 18 November 2020 09:52 AM
Interpol is not allowed to involve in cases that are politically motivated or in cases where freedom of expression is involved, especially if the request comes from a country with a dictatorial government.
Lumbini Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:02 AM
There are many politicians publicly spreading false information on media. No actions. It is a waste of time and money. Just focus on controlling the spread of the virus.
BigEars Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:27 AM
The Interpol and more important things to do. What a joke or just propaganda.
K.L Pathirana Wednesday, 18 November 2020 02:54 PM
Well, it took several years to request the interpol assistance on those who siphoned billions and millions of public funds and taking shelter in many countries. I suppose the fake news in social media has more value than the drug deals the MiG deals and the Central bank shady deals.
Waco Wednesday, 18 November 2020 08:40 PM
First take action against Mahendran, Ranil Wickramasinghe and Ravi Karunanayaka .
Citizen Thursday, 19 November 2020 10:12 AM
Arjun Mahendran, Jaliya Wickremasinghe forgotten?
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