Venezuelan Cops Arrests Two For Tweeting Banking Rumors

July 12th, 2010 - 7:46 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
2589Caracas, July 12, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Venezuelan cops took two people under custody for spreading false rumors on Twitter. Reportedly, the police informed the media that the accused man and the woman were aiming to destabilize the banking system of the country.

If the charges are found to be true, both the man and the woman could face 11 years of prison in accordance to the banking laws of 2001. The law proclaims that any individual trying to upset or disrupt the normal banking practices of the country by any fraudulent means commits a serious offence which triggers a criminal punishment. Wilmer Flores who happens to be the scientific and technical police chief said that the couple wanted to make use of the social networking profile which is a smart move owing to the fact that millions all over the world uses Twitter. The Police seized a cellular phone from the couple which had its first message being sent over to the micro blogging site. Besides the mobile phone, the cops also retrieved two external hard drives and portable memory chips from them. The police refrained to mention the exact content that was posted by the couple in Twitter.

After Hugo Chavez’s administration came to existence, Venezuelan banks have witnessed shut downs and expropriations. A dozen of banks have already shut their gates since November 2009 which includes the latest takeover of Banco Federal by the government. Banco Federal was the eight largest bank of the country. Hugo Chavez on the other hand has shifted all blames to the directors of the bank who he feels have never performed their duties which brought the bank close to bankruptcy.

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