PH court orders arrest of founder of online message board linked to US mass shooting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2020 03:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2020 04:46 PM

Online message board 8chan creator Fredrick Brennan listens to questions during an interview in Manila on August 6, 2019. Peter Blaza, Reuters/File

MANILA (UPDATE) - A Pasig city court has ordered the arrest of the founder of online forum 8chan for cyberlibel, his lawyer said Tuesday.

The Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 158 issued an arrest warrant against 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan based on the case filed by website owner Jim Watkins.

Brennan, who moved to the Philippines in 2014 for more affordable medical care, is currently in the US, according to his lawyer Alexander Acain Jr. 

The 8chan founder faces 6 to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Brennan had called Watkins "senile and incompetent" in a series of tweets when the latter was called to testify before the US Congress as 8chan was linked to a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Last year, gunmen had posted manifestos on the online message board just before the mass shootings in Texas; Christchurch, New Zealand; and Poway, California. 

Twenty people were killed during the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, while 51 people were killed in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

--Report from Rafael Santos, ABS-CBN News