Public Prosecutor Abdullah Al Thawadi said the Public Prosecution Office had received a communication from the Cyber Crime Directorate saying an individual have posted on his social media account rumours that would harm national security, public order and interest.

He said the Public Prosecution’s investigations revealed that the individual had published on his social media account information questioning the government policies and its external relations, in addition to circulating false information that would undermine confidence in the coalition forces’ capabilities and that their successes are mere false and misleading.

The Public Prosecution questioned the individual and ordered him to be remanded in custody pending further investigation after charging him with circulating false and malicious news and rumours in wartime that would weaken the social cohesion and damage the national security and public order.