Yangon, 4 March 2014
Four individuals were sentenced to three years of imprisonment by a local court at Buthidaung, which is 80 miles north of Arakan State capital Sittwe, for their links with Arakan Army. The Buthidaung township court passed the verdict on Thursday.
The court sentenced Khaing Myo Min (alias Aung Tun Mra), Thein Soe (alias Kyaw Hla), Own Khin (alias Own Tin) and Soe Min Tun under the criminal act 17 (1) which applies for unlawful organizations &activities. The trial in the court ran for nearly eight months.
The Burma army personnel arrested all the convicts from Myanmar-Bangladesh international border areas in June/July last year.
Over 40 people were picked up by the security forces from different Arakanese townships like Sittwe, Kyauk Taw Buthidaung, Taungup, Kyauk Pru, Rambree and Yangon in the recent past suspecting their involvement with the banned Arakan Army. They are now facing the trail in different courts of Arakan.