( Thandwe, 29 September 2014)
Ten people were sentenced to imprisonment by the Thandwe district court of Arakan for their involvement in sectarian violence that erupted in October 2012. Among those convicted individuals, a 30 years old Buddhist national named Ko Zaw Zaw Tun from Sin Khaung Village under Thandwe Township received the order of life term.
The district court order, delivered on 24 September 2014, also punished the nine other individuals for five years of imprisonment for their roles in the violence that took place in Sin Khaung and its adjacent Thapyu Chai village.
The October 2013 first week violence took the lives of 5 persons and resulted in the damages of 51 houses. Soon after the incident, the police arrested 23 persons from the affected localities but 13 out of them were released as there was no such evidence against them.
Meanwhile, the family members and well wishers of Ko Zaw Zaw Tun argued that the court order was not fair to him.
“Ko Zaw Zaw Tun was punished even though there were not concrete evidences that he was actually involved in the sectarian violence,” claimed one of his relatives Ko Hla Maw Oo.
Ko Zaw Zaw Tun’s lawyer Daw New New Nyein reportedly declared that his family members would appeal in the higher court begging for reducing the prison term to him.