Premier Andrew Fahie has again come to the defence of his government’s controversial Cyber Crime Amendment Act; this time pointing to an individual who has been publicly singled out by some members of the public as a person suspected of carrying the coronavirus in the BVI.
“What I am saying is this: There is irreversible damage with the alleged person’s picture [being circulated] all over,” the Premier said while addressing the House of Assembly on Thursday.
He continued: “Those are the kinds of things that destroy people’s lives forever. Those are the reasons we are putting the same Cyber Crime Act, and those are what are going to guard us against what is happening.”
As of Thursday, the Premier said the BVI does not have a confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus.
He said the preliminary tests conducted locally were negative for the virus. However, further testing is being done in Trinidad and would be available in the next few days.
Someone will pay
In the meantime, Premier Fahie said with his government’s amendments to the controversial Cyber Crime legislation now law, persons found in breach of this law by defaming others will pay.
“If you ain’t sure, stop spreading them things on Whatsapp and all about because somebody going to be made an example soon and when they get made an example, they going to bawl out ‘look what Fahie do’,” he said.
He added: “It ain’t what Fahie do. I warning all the time. If you don’t have facts, stop destroying people until you get the facts.”
The tweaks to the legislation will see culprits facing more than 10 years behind bars and or fines of up to half-a-million if found guilty in a court of law.
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