Yangon, 17 March 2016
Two persons were sent to three years of imprisonment by the Kyauk Taw township court of Arakan on 16 March for their illegal associations with Arakan Army (AA).
“They confessed that they maintained links with the banned Arakan Army. Listening to their confession, the judge finally pronounced the verdict against them,” said U Tun Hla, a lawyer who advocated for them.
The offenders namely Kyaw Moe Hlaing (son of Tha Tun Aung from Htin Ma Gyi village under Kyauk Taw township) and Aung Than Tin (son of Bo Sein Oo from Kalama Taung village under Min Bya township) were arrested by the Burma Army from Paletwa township in April 2015.
“The security forces arrested them in the middle of an encounter with the Arakan Army rebels last year. However they possessed no arms or ammunition at the time of arrest. Later they were charged with illegal organization act 17 (1)/(2),” added the lawyer.
Regarding their next course of actions, U Tun Hla informed that they would not appeal in the higher court against their imprisonment by the Kyauk Taw township court.