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Police hunt online rumour-monger for fake vaccines news

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A man was summonsed by Siem Reap provincial anti-cybercrime police for posting on Facebook that a police officer became disabled after being vaccinated with China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine. Facebook

Police hunt online rumour-monger for fake vaccines news

Siem Reap provincial anti-cybercrime police are searching for a man who posted on Facebook that a police officer became disabled after being vaccinated with China’s Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine.

Provincial deputy police chief Mao Hak told The Post on March 2 that Chhun Veann, 32, had been summonsed to testify at the anti-cybercrime bureau but he never appeared. Authorities then went to the suspect’s house in Kdei Run commune of Siem Reap province’s Puok district.

“When the officers arrived at the house, his family told police that he wasn’t there. The authorities are continuing their search for Veann to question him about the Facebook post,” he said.

“If he has proof that he has been misrepresented, authorities will take that under consideration. He hasn’t been found guilty, yet. However, he hasn’t presented himself to us to explain his situation. I have to wait for an explanation,” he said.

However, he added that police have evidence that the account is his, and the post is contrary to the facts. No one in Cambodia has become sick after being vaccinated with the vaccine.

“The police officer who reported health problems after his vaccination, in fact, had health problems before the Covid-19 outbreak. This post affects the security of not only our country but also other countries,” Mao Hak confirmed.

He said the picture that the suspect posted was of a police officer who has had a health problem, but he was not sick from the vaccine. So what the suspect had posted creates a false impression for people who have been vaccinated and others who have not been vaccinated. If what the suspect claims is true then it affects the credibility of the vaccine, he added.

A warrant issued on March 1 by provincial court prosecutor Keut Vannareth confirmed that on February 27, Veann wrote the Facebook saying a police officer from the Ministry of interior had been paralysed in one leg after being vaccinated with the vaccine. If this claim proves to be true, he said, Prime Minister Hun Sen must reconsider whether to stop the vaccination campaign.

The warrant states that false information about the vaccine confuses the public and seriously affects the government’s image.

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