Mikaeel Kular: Warning over ‘racist tweet’ arrests

Mikaeel Kular. Pic: comp
Mikaeel Kular. Pic: comp
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POLICE have warned any potentially illegal online comments about Mikaeel’s death will be pursued.

And the Crown Office said criminal conduct on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook would lead to prosecution.

The warnings come after police arrested two men over “racist” comments made on social media sites following the disappearance of the three-year old.

The men, aged 19 and 26, were arrested yesterday after police started investigating complaints about language used in comments about Mikaeel’s disappearance.

The remarks on Twitter and Facebook were brought to the attention of Police Scotland by members of the public in Edinburgh.

The two men, both based in England, have been questioned and released on bail.

Officers from Police Scotland liaised with colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Constabulary to identify the individuals responsible.

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Police Scotland Edinburgh Divisional Commander, said: “Any reports of racist, offensive or abusive comments made online will be thoroughly investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice.

“If you commit an offence, we will investigate it and you will be prosecuted.”

The arrest of Ms Kular sparked a massive volume of comments on various sites.

But the Crown Office warned it would take a hard line with anyone who broke the law with their remarks on social media.

A spokeswoman said: “We will continue to work with Police Scotland to investigate any criminality arising from conduct on social media and we will prosecute wherever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.”