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

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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.

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