Police warning over defamatory online message
Social media posts that identified a customs officer as the man at the centre of an international police investigation were wrong, a police spokesman said yesterday.
The spokesman said a 41-year-old man had been arrested in connection with an investigation by Canadian police, but the case did not involve the man whose picture had been posted online.
He added: “Members of the public are strongly advised not to continue to circulate the unfounded social media message.”
The spokesman said the Electronic Communications Act made it illegal to spread false information “for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”.
The maximum penalty for the offence is one year in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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