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A group of 22 men who allegedly shared information about ongoing law enforcement operations on WhatsApp are to be charged on Wednesday (July 6) with intentionally obstructing the course of justice.
Aged between 27 and 49, the men allegedly sent the messages to four chat groups via the instant messaging application between January 2019 and February 2020.
They knew other members of the chat groups would likely take steps to prevent the law enforcement agencies’ detection of offences in the vicinity of those law enforcement operations.
Police investigations are ongoing.
The offence of intentionally obstructing the course of justice carries a punishment of an imprisonment term of up to seven years, a fine, or both.
The police said they have zero tolerance towards any acts that intentionally obstruct the course of justice and will not hesitate to deal with such offenders firmly in accordance with the law.