Ivory Coast: He defamed a private university and caused a financial loss of 257,201,000 FCFA

Ivory Coast: He defamed a private university and caused a financial loss of 257,201,000 FCFA
Ivory Coast: He defamed a private university and caused a financial loss of 257,201,000 FCFA
© Koaci.com – Tuesday May 28, 2024 – 12:37

An individual was arrested by the Platform for the Fight Against Cybercrime (PLCC) For defamation.

Since the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, a local university has been the subject of defamation on the Internet by students.

To achieve their ends, these students have created platforms for their various defamatory publications in which they encourage other students to no longer enroll at this university.

They justify this position on the grounds of the increase in ancillary costs, the mark of first aid infrastructure, and that the diplomas are not recognized by the African and Malagasy council for higher education (CAMS). AYK claims that there is no physical library and mentions an absence of deans in the various faculties and many others.

These publications caused several departures of students, implying a financial loss of 257,201,000 FCFA. Faced with this situation, university administrators contacted the Platform to Combat Cybercrime (PLCC) by a complaint.

The investigations carried out by the PLCC supported by the Digital Forensics Laboratory (LCN) led to the arrest of AYK.

During his hearing, he admitted to being the author of the various publications. He said he had no information concerning the departure of students and the financial loss of 257,201,000 CFA francs caused by his publication and ended by saying he had made a publication to ask students to come and register again in said university.

Accurately asserting a fact that harms the honor, consideration or image of a natural or legal person, even if it is proven or not, is an attack on honor and image.

The suspect tarnishes the victim’s image by making insulting and defamatory remarks about the victim, via social networks, by SMS, or WhatsApp. This can be written, vocal, video/image editing or calls.

This offense is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 5 years according to article 367 of the Ivorian penal code.

AYK therefore fell under the law. He was taken to parquet for attacks on honor and image by means of an information system in accordance with article 60 of law no. 2013-451 of June 19, 2013 relating to the fight against cybercrime.

Donatien Kautcha, Abidjan

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