Facebook user jailed for 10 months for stealing a woman’s identity online
For the first time in Kurdish legal history, usage of social media network wrongly had led to imprisonment
A court in the city of Sharazoor has imprisoned someone for 10 months due to use of social media networks wrongly. The jailed person published the photo of a man's wife and “disgraced” the family’s reputation on Facebook.
Farhad Mohammed who is the trial lawyer of the case told the Kurdish media agencies that after providing adequate evidences the judge decided to imprison the accused person according to the article number 2 of Misusing of Communication Tool Law.
"Anybody who uses mobile phones or any other communication tools wrongly, and using internet or electronic postings or disgracing people through publishing photo or video will be imprisoned for the duration of not less than six months and not more than five years," the article reads.
The man who filed a complaint in the court said that the penalty is not fair. He added that the accused person is a high school teacher and used facebook wrongly that's why he filed a complaint in the court. He further noted that he rejected to resolve the issue outside the court in order to teach the accused person and others an ethical lesson.
This is the first case in Kurdistan which has led to imprisonment for misusing Facebook. However, from time to time some people through fake accounts publish photos, videos as well as documents, which target a certain person or group to defame others.
Not long ago, a short video clip was uploaded on Facebook. The video showed an elderly man sexually abusing a young man in a violent way. The video was widely circulated through social media sites in a short period of time, and this led to intelligence forces initiating an investigation into the incident. People assumed the footage was from the province of Sulaimaniyah, but it was later announced by intelligence forces that the incident had occurred in a Kurdish city in Iran.