A Peruvian lawyer spreads disinformation about covid-19 on Facebook, his account is suspended and a judge admits the lawsuit against Zuckerberg.

Judge Lila Fuentes, of the Fourth Civil Court of the Superior Court of Justice of Piura, northern region of Peru, admitted to processing a lawsuit by the Peruvian lawyer Juan Mejía Seminario against the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.

The plaintiff claims compensation of $ 300,000 from Zuckerberg, for allegedly violating his right to freedom of expression, having suspended his account on this social network for 30 days, after spreading unconfirmed information about covid-19.

The magistrate who admitted the lawsuit summoned Mejía and Zuckerberg to a teleconference hearing to be held on June 17, 2022 Through the Google Meet platform, which is a direct competition from Facebook. The judge determined that her decision be notified to the American businessman through diplomatic channels.

Mejía celebrated the magistrate’s decision, noting that the Fourth Civil Court of Pirua “honors the right.”

“For the first time in history, a Peruvian, a Latin American, sits Mark Zuckerberg to answer for violating human rights,” he added on his Twitter account.

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The publication that gave rise to this lawsuit dates back to May 13, 2021. In it, Mejía stated that covid-19 had been created in a laboratory in China to damage the world’s economies.

“China will have to answer to the world for the covid-19. For the thousands of deaths. For the mutilated families. China, according to the Nobel Prize in Medicine, the virologist Luc Montagnier, created the virus to damage the world’s economies,” it said part of Mejía’s post.

The lawyer has alleged, according to local media, that he shared a “story of public knowledge” and that it is based on the scientific report of a virologist. “In any case, they should close the accounts to him and not to me,” he added.

Since the start of the pandemic, multiple studies have been conducted to clarify how the coronavirus originated and when it infected humans. In March, the WHO issued a report claiming that covid-19 probably spread from bats to humans and that it was “extremely unlikely” that the virus originated in a laboratory. China, in turn, called the laboratory leak theory “absurd“and repeatedly said that the “politicization” of the issue will hamper investigations.