CID apprehends individual for online defamation under Online Safety Act
February 11, Colombo (LNW): The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) apprehended an individual engaged in online defamation during an event aimed at educating members of the community police committee within the Panadura Division, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles revealed.
Alles noted that the arrested individual was found in possession of approximately Rs. 400,000 at the time of apprehension.
The suspect, allegedly supported by a politician, orchestrated malicious smear campaigns through social media platforms.
Addressing the gathering, Alles asserted that a person who habitually defames the government and others online was detained by the CID.
The Minister further noted that the suspect purportedly received financial support from a political figure, and that arrest occurred shortly after the suspect attempted to convert foreign currency to Sri Lankan rupees in Fort.
Highlighting the government’s response to such incidents, Alles underscored the significance of the Online Safety Act, designed to curb online misconduct.
He emphasised that the legislation primarily targets individuals misusing social media platforms for malicious purposes, including attempts to destabilise the government.