Undergrad remanded for posting false rumour on FB

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A university student remanded till May 23 by Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court for publishing a false post on Facebook stating that the flight en route to China with President Maithripala Sirisena on board had crashed.

When the case was taken up before Colombo Additional Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrama Weerasinghe, the Police informed Court that the suspect is a resident of Piliyandala and an undergraduate at Sri Jayawardenapura University.

Police requested the Magistrate to remand the suspect. Meanwhile, the Counsel appearing for the suspect informed Court that his client had only shared a post which was originally posted by someone on Facebook. He also requested the Magistrate to release the suspect on bail in any given condition.

However, observing all facts, the Magistrate said that this is the time the citizens should be mindful of their actions and be considerate of what they share in public.