Iran to Sentence Citizens Who “Spreads Rumors” about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in Prison

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An Iranian parliament spokesman on Wednesday introduced that anybody discovered to be “spreading rumors” concerning the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak might be sentenced to one-to-three years in jail and flogging, Iran state information company IRNA reported.

translated by the Tehran Times.” data-reactid=”19″>“Spreading fake news over coronavirus outbreak will people panic. It also will pave the ground for the country’s shutdown,” stated Hassan Norouzi, spokesman for the parliament’s authorized and judicial committee, in feedback translated by the Tehran Times.

Norouzi stated the jail sentence and flogging relies on “on the Islamic penal code,” and 24 individuals have been arrested already on suspicion of “spreading rumors” concerning the sickness.

Iran has reported 139 instances of coronavirus infections all through the nation, with an epicenter within the metropolis of Qom, a vacation spot for Shi’ite Muslim non secular pilgrims. Nineteen Iranians have died from the sickness thus far, and the nation has the best variety of instances within the Middle East. While officers have really helpful that residents not go to Qom, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani introduced on Wednesday that the federal government doesn’t plan to quarantine complete cities, solely contaminated people.

stated.” data-reactid=”22″>“Coronavirus must not be turned into a weapon for our enemies to halt work and production in our country,” Rouhani stated.

On Tuesday Iranian deputy well being minister Iraj Harirchi introduced that he had contracted coronavirus. In a video taken at his home, Harirchi tried to reassure viewers, saying “I will certainly defeat corona.”

filmed a day earlier on state tv to announce that the nation’s outbreak was beneath management, visibly sweating and wiping his face with a handkerchief.” data-reactid=”24″>Harirchi was filmed a day earlier on state tv to announce that the nation’s outbreak was beneath management, visibly sweating and wiping his face with a handkerchief.

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