Arakan Army rebel sentenced to five years of imprisonment

Kaung Myat Naing (Maung Taw)

Narinjara News, 10 April 2016


The last detainee, who was lodged at Kyauk Taw police station for many days because of Arakan Army connection, was convicted by the Kyauk Taw township court and sentenced to five years of imprisonment. The court pronounced the punishment against the Arakanese youth named Maung Bo Than on 7 April.

“He (Maung Bo Than) confessed that he was associated with the outlawed Arakan Army. The military, police and public prosecutor gave their testimonies at the court following which the verdict came out,” said Ko Kyaw Hla Myint, a well wisher of the detainees.

The convicted youth (son of U Oo Thar Kyaw from Pan Maung Sub town under Min Bya township) was arrested on 28 January last  by the LIB No (378) based at Mrauk Oo suspecting his involvement with the insurgent outfit. Since then he was lodged at lodged at Kyouk Taw police station.

Maung Bo Than was produced before the judicial magistrate on 4 April and subsequently he was convicted on Thursday. The convict was sentenced to three years of imprisonment under the article 17 (1) and five years of imprisonment under the article 17 (2), added Ko Kyaw Hla Myint.

Altogether 38 Arakan Army rebels have been sentenced by the Kyauk Taw township court. The record said that two rebels were punished on 16 March, 12 on 30 March, 11 on 31 March and a group of six Arakan Army members were sentenced each on 4 April and 6 April prior to the 7 April conviction.