Aisam’s wife lodges FIR against Facebook hackers
By: Murtaza Ali Shah
LONDON: Faha Makhdoom, the wife of star tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq, Saturday formally launched criminal proceedings against the fake account holders who had been been using a Facebook account to spread rumours about her alleged marriage difficulties.
The News has learnt that Faha Makhdoom has reported the fake Facebook account called “Faha Akmal Makhdoom-Official” to the British police. She visited the Suffolk Police headquarters with her father, Dr Akmal Makhdoom, to report her concerns to the cyber crimes unit of the local police. A Suffolk Police spokesperson confirmed that a case had been registered and that the police would investigate the matter.
The potential charges the hackers are likely to face are identity theft, identity fraud, defamation, libel, spreading false and defaming news, misleading and insulting innocent and respectable individuals and defaming families. These are crimes under various British and cyber statutes.
A family member close to Faha Makhdoom told The News on Saturday that Suffolk Police will investigate the matter and that the “perpetrators would be brought to justice, in either country through law enforcement cooperation.”
Faha contacted the Suffolk Police after launching legal action against Facebook for having failed to close the fake account. In addition to distancing herself from the fake account, she claimed that this account was spreading “malicious and disrespectful rumours” about the celebrity couple. She also hired a solicitor to help her in her bid to shut down the account.