Woman charge for spreading fake news

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The national security ministry yesterday reported that a 35-year-old woman has been arrested and charged under the Cybercrimes Act.

The ministry named the woman as Amieka Mullings and said that she was held after she posted photographs on social media claiming that her ex-boyfriend was wanted for rape, assault and murder.

“Swift investigations by the police revealed that the information was false, malicious and tantamount to malicious communication under the cybercrime legislation,” the ministry said in a news release yesterday.

Mullings, the ministry said, was arrested yesterday, interrogated in the presence of her attorney, and charged.

News of the arrest came on the same day that the Jamaica Observer reported Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers as saying that people convicted of posting obscene images online could be fined and imprisoned.

Section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 states that a person who commits an offence by using a computer wilfully with intent to send to another person any data (whether in the form of a message or otherwise) that is obscene, constitutes a threat, or is menacing in nature; and intends to cause, or is reckless as to whether the sending of the data causes annoyance, inconvenience, distress, or anxiety to that person or any other person, can be fined not exceeding $4 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding four years, or both, by a parish judge if the person is a first offender.

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