Today, a Moscow court arrested a Colombian citizen accused of spreading what they call “fake news” about the Russian invasion of Ukraine on social networks to almost two months in pre-trial detention, a charge that could cost him up to 10 years in prison.
“The court satisfied the pre-trial demand to place Colombian citizen Giraldo Sarai Alberto Enrique under preventive detention until June 8,” Moscow Basmanni Court spokeswoman Yekaterina Buravtsova was quoted by Interfax as saying.
According to the court representative, the court rejected the defense’s appeal for a less severe measure, which could include house arrest.
The Colombian citizen, who has been living in the country for several years, is charged with a crime under Article 207 of the Russian Criminal Code, which punishes “public dissemination of false information under the guise of truthful information, about the Russian Armed Forces.”
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According to investigators, the Colombian, who ran a private confectionery business in Moscow, spread the alleged false news on his social networks, without specifying which ones.
If proven guilty, Giraldo Sarai could be fined between 3 and 5 million rubles (about $40,000 to $67,000), or sentenced to five years of compulsory social work or a prison term of between 5 and 10 years.