Yangon, March 6
Thirteen Arakanese youths, who were picked up from various parts of Arakan were produced before the Sittwe township court on Friday in connection with their engagement to Arakan Army.
However the trial was postponed till 17 March as the petitioner police officer U Aung Myi Oo was absent, informed lawyer Daw Ma Thain Naing. She also added that earlier on 22 February the accused individuals were prosecuted by the police for their association with the militants under act 17(1).
The Arakanese youths namely Myint Kyaw (alias Tun Naing), U San Maung, Zaw Lin Tun (alias Maung Than Tun), Zaw Min Tun (alias Kalar Chay), Saw Ran Naing(alias Kyaw Soe Min), U San Maung (alias Maung Han Soe), Kyaw Thein Chay(alias Hlaing Thein Chay), Zaw Min Oo, Nyo maung(alias Maung Win), Zaw Win Naing, Aye Kyaw Than, Zaw Min Htay and Win Aung (alias Kyan Chay) were handed over to the police by the Burma Army.
Some of the fathers of the accused youths were also present on the occasion. One of them, who came from Pauk Taw township, commented that his son was seemingly well. His son was arrested by the Army from Sittwe on 17 January last. Later a group of 20 Arakanese youths were picked up by the Army from Kyauk Taw, Kyauk Pru, Taungup and Yangon locality last month.
According to a police source, over 50 Arakanese individuals were detained suspecting their involvement with the Arakan Army and they are still in various police stations across Arakan State. Out of them nearly 28 Arakanese are in Kyaw Taw police station alone, added the source.