Algeria

Temporary detention of three defendants and judicial oversight of others in the case of publishing false news on Facebook

The investigative judge at the National Criminal Pole for Combating Crimes Related to Information and Communication Technologies issued today, Tuesday an order to place three (3) defendants in provisional detention and subject two defendants to judicial supervision, in a case related to publishing fake news on Facebook that would prejudice public order.

A statement by the Republic’s Prosecution at the National Criminal Pole for Combating Crimes Related to Information and Communication Technologies at the Algerian Judicial Council stated, “Following the information received regarding the existence of an electronic page on the social networking site Facebook, whose path is located in a foreign country, that publishes fake news among the public that would prejudice public order and the use of a local network of social media pioneers to provide information and secrets related to people or public administrations for the purpose of blackmailing or defaming them, a preliminary investigation was opened regarding the criminal incidents.”

The statement continued, “After completing the preliminary investigation, the suspects were presented before the Republic Prosecution on June 28, 2022, where the they were followed up under an inaugural request to conduct a judicial investigation for having committed a misdemeanor of compromising the integrity of the nation, a misdemeanor of deliberately publishing and promoting fake news among the public that would prejudice the order, misdemeanor of disclosing professional secret, misdemeanor of handing over a document issued by a public administration to a person that has no right to it.”

After questioning the defendants when they appeared, “the investigative judge issued an order to place the accused: (M.A.A.), (HH) and (PA) under temporary detention and orders to subject the accused (M.A.I.N.) and (NAM) for judicial oversight obligations,” according to the same statement.

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