#BURMA #Myanmar #Officer #jailed for #backing #Suu #Kyi


Maj. Kyaw Swar Win signing a petition in favor of amending Burma’s Constitution,

Maj. Kyaw Swar Win has been in military custody since early April after he was photographed signing what appears to be a pro-amendment petition circulated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.


Yangon (dpa) – A military officer was sentenced to two years in prison for signing a petition calling for an end to the military grip on the constitution drafted by the former regime, local media reported Saturday.

A military court in central Mandalay region sentenced Army Major Kyaw Swar Win for violating regulations that bar military men from supporting political campaigns, he told reporters in front of the Obo prison.

He was arrested in April after a photo showing that he had signed the petition was spreading on social media, especially Facebook.

“It’s unfair to send a person in prison for supporting charter change as this man Kyaw Swar Win is a citizen even though he serves the country as a soldiers,” said Win Tin, a former army chief and now a leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

More than 5 million people joined the signature campaign organized by the NLD and the Peace and Open Society headed by student leaders of 1988 uprising. They are demanding changes to the constitutional article that gives an effective veto to the military.

Amendments can only occur with the support of more than 75 per cent of the legislature. The constitution allocates 25 per cent of the seats for military personnel who are appointed without election.



#BURMA #MYANMAR : #Imams sentenced to 8 years for #mosque #fire

Two imams have been sentenced to eight years in prison by the Botataung township court on April 24 over a mosque fire that killed 13 boys in 2013.
Zeya Phyo and Khin Maung Aye were charged by the court with murder and arson for the fire that broke out in the middle of the night at the 48 Street Mosque on April 2, 2013.
The authorities and fire services acknowledged the main cause of the fire was due to overheating of transformers under the stair case.
The mosque was locked with several keys and firemen had to force open the doors to extinguish the fire. 13 children sleeping inside were unable to escape and suffocated to death.
According to the court’s statement, the fire occurred due to the carelessness of two men. Ohn Maung, the lawyer representing the two men, vowed to make appeal.
The parents and guardians of the 13 children also appealed to drop charges against the two Imams but the court said it had the right to protect the lives of people within the law.

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The fire broke out because of overheated voltage regulator, head Kyi Win of Yangon Region Fire Services Department said.

“Upon our arrival at the scene, smokes from fire have not come out yet from the building. Power supply was as usual. When we opened the door of the building, the children ran down the stairs. The children were about 70. After we managed to control the fire downstairs and upstairs, we found dead bodies of children upstairs,” the head of fire services department said. Continue reading “#BURMA #MYANMAR : #Imams sentenced to 8 years for #mosque #fire”

THAILAND : Ex-defence minister acquitted of poll fraud charges in 2006 ELECTION

BANGKOK, Jan 7 – The Thai Appeals Court today acquitted former defence minister Thammarak Issarangkura na Ayudhya of charges on poll fraud in a 2006 election.
Four others were sentenced to jail terms ranging from two years to three years and four months.
In its reversal of the Criminal Court’s ruling, the Appeals Court said there was insufficient evidence to charge Gen Thammarak of hiring Amornwit Suwanpol, an Election Commission (EC) official, to change documents to enable disqualified candidates of the Pattana Chat Thai Party to run in the 2006 election.
Gen Thammarak, then an executive of the subsequently dissolved Thai Rak Thai Party, allegedly collaborated with small political parties to contest the ruling Thai Rak Thai Party in the 2006 snap poll.
Three other defendants, all of whom were members of the small-sized Pattana Chat Thai Party, were identified as Chavakorn also known as Kornkrit Tosawat, Suksant aka Chatuchai Chaithes and Buntaweesak Amornsin.
The trio, each sentenced to two years jail without suspension, allegedly bribed Mr Amornwit, the second defendant, with Bt30,000 to make changes to election registration documents during March 2-7, 2006.
The court found Mr Amornwit guilty and sentenced him to three years and four months’ imprisonment. 
The Criminal Court originally sentenced Gen Thammarak, Mr Chavakan, Mr Suksant and Mr Boonthaweesak to three years and four months in jail and Mr Amornwit, the EC official, to five years imprisonment. 
The court said testimony by Mr Chavakorn and Mr Suksant against Gen Thammarak were one sided and the former defence minister rejected the allegations, insisting that he was not involved in the bribery.
A smiling Gen Thammarak said on leaving the courtroom that he appreciated the Appeals Court’s verdict and stood firm that he was not involved in the scandal.
He was given moral support by a group of well wishers who packed the courtroom. (MCOT online news)

MYANMAR BURMA : Eleven Media reporter sentenced to three months for trespass while covering story regarding illegal movie rentals.

Eleven Media reporter Ma Khine
Eleven Media reporter Ma Khine


Eleven Media reporter Ma Khine was sentenced on Tuesday to a three month prison term for trespassing on private property after being sued by lawyer Aye Aye Phyo.

Ma Khine was sentenced by Loikaw Township Court, in Kayah State, after a one and a half month trial concerning events on October 27 when the journalist was covering a story regarding illegal movie rentals.

However, the sentence also came just two weeks after the Weekly Eleven published an article titled “When bags of money replace judges in court” that criticised widespread corruption in the judiciary.

Eleven Media has sent a complaint letter to the President, the Chief Justice and to parliament, requesting to probe any corruption or bias behind the decision. A court appeal will also be filed. Furthermore, Eleven Media is in contact with local and foreign journalist associations.

“If a reporter is punished and sued for the trespass while she is reporting, it is unfair. It is the media’s role to report on people’s actions. Our president has urged people to do fair and right things,” said advocate Win Shwe, who is vice-chair of New National Democracy Party.  Continue reading “MYANMAR BURMA : Eleven Media reporter sentenced to three months for trespass while covering story regarding illegal movie rentals.”

“HUMAN RIGHTS” IN OIC ISLAM COUNTRIES!!! Norwegian woman raped, gets 16 months in jail for sex outside marriage

 Marte Deborah Dalelv

In Islam the victim of rape is to blame, for she has sullied the family’s honor by engaging in sexual immorality. The fact that it was forced upon her makes no difference at all.


A young Norwegian woman has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after she reported a rape in Dubai.

The 25-year-old was in the United Arab Emirates on a business trip when she was raped and reported the assault to the local police.

Dubai police did not believe her, and instead took her passport and jailed her on suspicion of having had sex outside marriage.


The Norwegian woman reported the sexual assault in March this year, after which she had to spend days in a cell before she was allowed to use a telephone.

With the help of family members, the Norwegian consulate was able to negotiate a release and she has been living under the protection of the Norwegian Sailor’s Church until her sentencing this week.

‘I received the harshest sentence for sex outside marriage, harshest sentence for drinking alcohol and on top of that I was found guilty of perjury,’ the woman told Verdens Gang.

‘It is a terrible situation she is in,’ said Gisle Meling, the priest at the Norwegian Sailor’s Church.

‘We are very surprised and had hoped it would go another way, but we live in a country which has a justice system which draws its conclusions with the help of Sharia law.

She was sentenced to one year and four months in jail but as Norway has no extradition treaty with Dubai, her future is uncertain.

The young Norwegian woman’s story is not unique.

Earlier this year Australian Alicia Gali, 27, spoke of how she was thrown in a Dubai jail for eight months after she reported a rape.

Miss Gali was working at hotel chain Starwood when her drink was spiked in the staff bar.

She awoke to find that three colleagues had raped her, but when she went to a hospital for help, they turned her over to the police and she was charged with illicit sex outside marriage.

Under UAE law, rapists can only be convicted if either the perpetrator confesses or if four adult Muslim males witness the crime.

Under the Sharia-influenced laws, sex before marriage is completely forbidden and an unmarried couple holding hands in public can be jailed.

Foreigners jailed in Dubai are deported immediately after completing their sentences.


Four Thais sentenced over Burmese migrant deaths in 2008

Four people smugglers were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison by a Thai court on Thursday over a 2008 incident when 54 migrant workers from Burma suffocated to death inside a seafood container,Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported.


The four Thais were convicted of gross negligence resulting in death and of breaking immigration laws, an official from a court in the country’s southern Ranong province told AFP.

The 54 victims were among 121 people crammed into the 6 x 2 m container which reportedly had a broken ventilation system. The migrants were being transported to Phuket in southern Thailand to work as day laborers.

The owner of the container truck was sentenced to 10 years in prison, a second defendant received nine years and a third—who owned a jetty in southern Thailand where the migrants arrived by boat—was jailed for six years, the report said.

A woman defendant had her sentence halved to three years after confessing, the official said.

The truck driver, who fled the scene after discovering the tragedy, was jailed for six years in August 2008 having admitted to his role in the crime, the official added.

Survivors have recounted desperately trying to raise the alarm as they fought for breath in the storage box.

“No matter how many times we hit the container the driver did not pay any attention,” one female migrant who was on board told Thai television.


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Nay Myo Zin Sentenced to 10 Years-after Quintana,s discussed the release of prisoners

Nay Myo Zin, who worked as a volunteer for a blood donor group affiliated with the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday by Insein Prison Court in Rangoon, accused of breaking the electronic transactions act, Article 33(a).

Hla Myo Myint, a lawyer for Nay Myo Zin, said that he was arrested by the Special Branch on April 2 for no reason, and that his back was injured during interrogation. Nay Myo Zin was brought to court in a wheel chair, and recently received hospital treatment, his lawyer said.

The imprisonment of the former military officer comes just a day after United Nations Special Envoy Tomás Ojea Quintana discussed the release of prisoners with the Burmese authorities in Naypyidaw.

During Quintana’s five-day visit to Burma he discussed with various ministers the torture and ill-treatment of political prisoners in Insein Prison, he said at a press conference to conclude his trip on Thursday.

In a UN statement, Quintana said, “In Insein prison, I heard disturbing testimonies of prolonged sleep and food deprivation during interrogation, beatings, and the burning of bodily parts, including genital organs. I also heard accounts of prisoners being confined in cells normally used for prison dogs as means of punishment.”

Nay Myo Zin graduated from Intake 30 of Defence Services Academy. He retired in 2005, and was arrested two days after the new civilian government led by President Thein Sein was formed in March this year.

Meanwhile, a court in Meikthila Township in Mandalay Division sentenced NLD member Aung Hla Myint to 16 months in prison for breaking a travel restriction that forbids him from leaving his home town of Tatkon. He was arrested after he went to Meikthila to attend a Martyrs’ Day Ceremony at the local NLD office.