Saudi: Coronavirus Rumour Monger May be Fined SR 3 Million

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A Saudi court is set to examine the charges against a person who was arrested for producing and sharing content on social media, including rumours and news from unknown sources about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a way affecting public order.

The person’s file has been referred to the relevant court, the source said while adding that there is a possibility of awarding him five years of imprisonment and a fine of SR3 million, in addition to confiscation of equipment used for the offence, according to Article 6 of the Saudi Anti-Cyber Crimes Law.

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“This penalty will also be applicable to everyone who participated in the said crime by agreement, assistance or incitement, and all those who produced, prepared, sent or stored anything that might affect public order through the Internet or a computer,” the source pointed out.

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