Yangon, 18 March 2016
The Arakan police today produced 13 defendants at Sittwe district court but the trial was postponed till 21 March as the complainant was not present.
According to the senior lawyer Daw Aye Nu Sein, who defended the defendants, it was the third time that complainant was absent.
“He (Aung Myint Oo) did not come on 18 February and also on 4 March. Today was the third time where he remained absent,” said U Kyaw Zaw Wai, the father of a defendant.
The police officer Aung Myint Oo charged all the 13 defendants with the allegation of maintaining links with the outlawed Arakan Army.
Not less than 50 Arakanese individuals were detained by the police suspecting their contacts with the insurgents and most of them are still in various jails of the State.
The arrested 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 produced before the Sittwe district court on 18 March.
Lawyer Daw Aye Nu Sein also informed that on 4 March too, the accused youths were prosecuted by the police in the court for their association with the insurgents under act 17(1), but the concerned police officer was not there.
The next date of hearing has been fixed on 21 March 2016, the lawyer added.