According to a memorandum from the Department of Justice of the United States, those who intentionally try to spread the coronavirus could be tried for terrorism.
On Tuesday, a memo came with terrorism charges against a New Jersey man,50, stating that the man said he had coronavirus and intentionally coughed on an employee of the grocery chain Wegmans.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, a 26-year-old man was also charged by local prosecutors with making a terrorist threat. The man filmed himself saying, “Who’s scared of the coronavirs? Don’t touch your mouth” before licking a shelf of deodorant in a Walmart store.
Due to “coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent’, people intentionally spreading the virus “potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes. Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, according to Politico.
The recommendation was just one of many offered to prosecutors in the memorandum on how to deal with fraudulent and criminal behavior taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis.
Besides that, in relation to the same coronavirus topic, Attorney General William Barr said a new task force on hoarding and the price scam that capitalizes on the Covid-19 crisis will be led by Craig Carpenito, the District Attorney for the New Jersey.
Source: Business Insider