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Myanmar junta jails ousted Rakhine chief minister for sedition

  • Published at 06:22 pm October 10th, 2021
U Nyi Pu
File photo of ousted Rakhine chief minister U Nyi Pu Collected

U Nyi Pu was charged with sedition under the Penal Code soon after the junta’s February 1 coup

The ousted chief minister of Myanmar's Rakhine state has been sentenced to a two-year rigorous  imprisonment by a junta court in Sittwe for sedition.

The Sittwe Township Court on Friday delivered its verdict via videoconferencing against U Nyi Pu, reports The Irrawaddy citing his lawyer U Myo Myat Hein.

“I have yet to meet my client to ask him if wants to appeal against the ruling. If he wants to appeal, I will do so,” said Hein.

U Nyi Pu was charged with sedition under the Penal Code soon after the junta’s February 1 coup, along with other senior NLD leaders, following the release of a February 13 NLD statement condemning the military takeover.

In September, two NLD leaders in Rakhine’s Taungup Township – ousted Rakhine State Municipal Affairs Minister U Min Aung and U Thant Zin Phyo – were sentenced to two years and two months in prison under the Natural Disaster Management Law and Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law for organizing anti-coup protests.

 The military regime has also fielded corruption charges against five former ministers of the Rakhine State government, including U Nyi Pu and U Min Aung. Both men will face those charges while already in jail.

U Nyi Pu was detained in Gwa Township on February 1. He was released the following day and placed under house arrest. He was detained again nine days later and subsequently charged with sedition.

His daughter, Daw Moe San Suu Kyi, who is the head of the NLD’s central youth committee, was detained by junta troops in Yangon in May.

Three other NLD members, including the vice-chairman of the Rakhine NLD U Soe Lay, were also arrested in Yangon in May.

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