Iranian MP Hassan Norouzi said that no one was arrested for the downing of a Ukrainian plane near Tehran in January, which contradicts official statements by the country’s authorities. “The plane was not under the control of the dispatching tower, but, apparently, was under the control of America. The aircraft was in Israel a week before the attacks, and its security system was hacked there,” he said.
In the US, a doctor that allegedly created the COVID-19 virus and sold it to China has been arrested. We are talking about Dr. Charles Liber, the Head of Chemistry and Biology at Harvard University. This American scientist had a contract with Wuhan University to study COVID-19. He was arrested in his office in Harvard, USA.
This is part of the Kremlin disinformation campaign about the coronavirus being artificially created.
The claim has gone viral on social media and alleges the US government has “just discovered and arrested” Dr. Charles Lieber from Harvard University, for “manufacturing and selling” the new coronavirus to China. Different iterations of the claim have been shared in multiple languages over 79,000 times on Facebook as of April 7, 2020, according to Crowdtangle.
While the Department of Justice did arrest Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Harvard University, this was not for creating the new coronavirus nor for selling it to China. Lieber and two non-Harvard Chinese researchers were charged with lying about their alleged links to the Chinese government.
No evidence is given to suggest that the virus is man-made. According to the World Health Organisation, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Research done so far shows that it is a virus transmitted between animals and people. Read more about coronavirus here.