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Myanmar navy courtroom sentences younger man to dying by hanging — Radio Free Asia


A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to dying by hanging by the Tachileik District Court docket in Myanmar’s japanese Shan State, sources near the courtroom advised RFA.

Aik Sai Most important, an ethnic Wa from Waine Kyauk Ward, Tachileik metropolis, was arrested by police together with 21-year-old Htin Lin Aung on suspicion of bombing a pro-military rally on Feb. 1 this 12 months.

4 months later, the junta-run Tachileik District Court docket sentenced him on Wednesday to dying by hanging below Part 54 of the Anti-Terrorism Legislation and Part 368 (1) of the Prison Process Code, in keeping with a supply acquainted with the courtroom proceedings who didn’t wish to be named for security causes.

“It’s true that he was sentenced to the dying penalty by hanging. We investigated that within the District Court docket,” the supply advised RFA. “Relations couldn’t come to the venue. They are going to be so upset. We ethnic teams are saddened by the junta’s arbitrary arrests and verdicts with none proof.”

Htin Lin Aung was sentenced to seven years in jail on Thursday below Part 52 (a) of the Anti-Terrorism Legislation.

The bomb blast close to a navy rally in Tachileik on Feb. 1 killed 4 individuals and wounded greater than 30 others. The bombing got here precisely one 12 months after a navy coup towards an elected civilian authorities which prompted mass protests, after which escalating violence throughout the nation after the navy used excessive drive to quell the protests.

Prior to now, the dying penalty imposed by the junta has been primarily based primarily on anti-terrorism legal guidelines. That is the primary case of its variety because the coup to incorporate Part 368 (a) of the Prison Process Code which imposes dying by hanging.

Part 54 of the Anti-Terrorism Legislation, which was handed down on the trial, offers for a minimal sentence of 10 years and most sentence of life imprisonment or dying.

Part 368 (a) of the Code of Prison Process stipulates that when the dying penalty is given the individual should be executed by hanging.

A lawyer who declined to be named for safety causes described the decision as a harsh sentence, noting that Part 368 (a) of the Prison Process Code permits an attraction.

“It provides the proper to attraction to the Supreme Court docket inside seven days, whether or not the sentence is dying or dying by hanging. Even when the household doesn’t attraction, the jail authorities can attraction on behalf of the sufferer. Part 368 (1) of the Code of Prison Process stipulates that the dying penalty should be imposed by hanging till dying.”

Army council spokesman Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun advised a press convention within the capital Naypyidaw on Wednesday the dying penalty was a simply punishment.

Authorized consultants have criticized the junta for threatening the general public with unfair executions. 

A complete of 115 individuals, together with Aik Sai Most important, have been sentenced to dying between Feb. 1, 2021, and Might 19, 2022, in keeping with information compiled by RFA primarily based on figures launched by the navy council. 

Final month Myanmar’s junta sentenced seven youths to dying within the Yangon area after a secret navy tribunal discovered them responsible of homicide, a junta newspaper reported.

In response to Thai-based rights group Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners (Burma) 13,926 individuals have been arrested between the beginning of the coup and June 2 this 12 months. It says 10,870 individuals are nonetheless being held in detention whereas 3,035 have been freed and 21 launched on bail. The group, based by exiled former political prisoners, says 1,087 individuals have been sentenced in individual and 72 of these, together with two youngsters, have been sentenced to dying. One other 120 individuals have been sentenced in absentia with 41 receiving the dying penalty.



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