Military Court Sentences Indaw Civilians to Life

On Saturday, Burma’s ruling Military Council handed down life sentences to two civilians in Indaw town, while two others were sentenced to seven years in jail.

“Ko Zaw Myo Naing and Ko Tin Maung Win were sentenced to life imprisonment, and the others received sentences of seven years. The military prevented their lawyers and families from visiting them,” a source knowledgeable about the case told KNG on condition of anonymity.

In July, soldiers arrested Ko Zaw Myo Naing, Ma Thida Win, Ko Tin Maung Win, and Ko Kyaw Thet at a military checkpoint in Indaw Township in Sagaing Region, where martial law has been enacted earlier this year.

Under the Counter Terrorism Act and High Treason Act, Ko Zaw Myo Naing was sentenced for violating Article 50 (j) and Article 52 (a), while Ko Tin Maung Win was sentenced for violating Article 50 (j) and Article 124 (c). Ma Thida Win and Ko Kyaw Thet were both charged with violating Article 52 (a) and Article 52 (b) under the Counter Terrorism Act.

According to another local anonymous source, they have been detained at an army camp in Indaw, awaiting transfer to Katha Prison.

In total, seventeen civilians in Indaw Township, have been sentenced by a military tribunal. Among them, four people received death penalties, eleven received life imprisonment, and two received seven-year sentences.

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