Convicts with Death Sentence Transported to Sittwe

Sittwe: The two convicts who were sentenced to death for gang-raping and killing Ma Thidar Htwe, a young woman from Thapyichaung Village in Rambree Township, were transported to the capital Sittwe in Arakan State on Wednesday, a day after their sentencing in the district court in Kyaukpru.

The witnesses told Narinjara that the two convicts, identified as 18-year-old Rauhi and 21-year-old Luyub, were brought to Sittwe by plane in the afternoon of the day.

A source close to the prison in Kyaukpru also confirmed that they had to be sent to Sittwe because there is no death row in the prison where they were.

Another accused in the case, identified as 23-year-old Htet Htet, aka Raushi, was said to have hanged himself by using his own sarong as rope while he was in custody in Kyaukpru prison, before the court sentencing.

The district court in Kyaukpru began hearing their case on 8 June and continued the case for a second hearing from 11 to 15 June, with examinations of the accused and witnesses from all sides.

The court found them guilty in the case and sentenced them to death according to the legal section 301-1 (c) on 18 June.

The rape and murder of Ma Thidar Htwe sparked a violent unrest that resulted in 100 people dead and about 50,000 people displaced in Arakan State.