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Public prosecution: COVID-19 rumor-mongers may be jailed for 5 yrs, fined EGP 20K

CAIRO, March 28 (MENA) – The public prosecution said on Saturday that those who intentionally spread rumors about the novel coronavirus may be imprisoned for five years and fined EGP 20,000 in accordance with the law.
In a press statement, the prosecution said that legal action will be taken in conformity with articles no. (80), (102) and (188) of the criminal law.
The prosecution further added that the punishment aims at standing up to rumor-mongers, who seek to disturb public order and stir up panic among citizens.
The prosecution called on citizens to verify the authenticity of news published on social media platforms.