Luis Acosta Oxford

Luis Acosta Oxford

Location: Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela
8° 7' 19.2" N, 63° 32' 60" W
Status: Under Arrest
Arrested on 08 Jul 2010

After menacing twitter users for their online activities a couple weeks ago, last thursday two persons were arrested, accused of spreading false rumors about the banking system. Those arrested were identified as Luis Acosta Oxford (41), and Carmen Cecilia Nares Castro (35).

Wilmer Flores Trosel, head of the national investigative police unit, declared that there were seized two hard drives, two portable information devices and a cell phone. He also stated that this arrests were the result of a four-month investigation in order to find responsibles to the rumors regarding the national banking system.

These arrests were made under Article 448 of the General Banking Law, which states: "Art. 448. Any natural or juridical person who spreads fake news or uses other fraudulent methods capable of causing distortions to the national bank system which affect the economic conditions of the country,will be punished with prison, from 9 to 11 years."

However, by the time of the arrest, Acosta Oxford (@leaoxford) had only 32 followers on Twitter, and Nares Castro doesn't appear to even have an account in the microblogging site.

However, detained face a sentence of nine to eleven years of emprisonment, and the usual climate of anxiety seems to have spread to the Internet.

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