A police witness in the case against two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets in Burma is “unreliable,” the reporters’ lawyer said on Monday, because he obtained testimony from previous witnesses, in violation of police code.
A judge hands down fines to eight students who were charged with defamation under section 500 of the Burmese Penal Code after the youths staged an anti-war play in Pathein, the Irrawaddy Region capital.
A Yangon court on Wednesday sentenced the former child soldier Aung Ko Htwe to two years’ imprisonment with hard labour under section 505(b) of Burma’s Penal Code, a provision broadly covering public incitement.
An abbot at a monastery in Bago Region is facing criminal charges after he allegedly forcibly kissed a woman and will now have to answer to a court for the Penal Code offence of “assault or criminal force [against a] woman with intent to outrage her modesty.”
A man charged with throwing a petrol bomb into the compound of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi earlier this year has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Win Naing, 48, was found guilty by a court in Yangon’s Bahan Township.
Two Kachin youth activists facing criminal defamation charges after staging a protest calling for the evacuation to safety of civilians displaced by conflict in Kachin State will appeal to the regional court, seeking to have those charges dropped.
The leaders of a Christian group that has been described as a “cult,” which was deemed illegal by Burmese authorities, have been sentenced to three years in prison after a court in Irrawaddy Region found them guilty on charges of kidnapping.
The legal troubles for a former child soldier already convicted of public incitement continued to unfold at a Yangon court on Tuesday and also appear to have ensnared three others, with all four accused of having desecrated the Union seal.
The defence lawyer for politician Aye Maung has alleged prosecutorial malpractice in a case being brought against his client, in which the defendant is facing three separate charges after a speech he delivered in January.
The long-running trial of a former child soldier charged with public incitement looks to be nearing an end as a judge in Yangon said at a hearing on Tuesday that final arguments in the case will be heard on 20 March.
A former child soldier charged with public incitement was sentenced to six months in prison for an additional contempt of court charge at a hearing on Wednesday, as his trial over the initial alleged transgression continued.
Lawyers for three of the four defendants detained in connection with the assassination of the prominent lawyer Ko Ni argue that their clients should be released because the prosecution has failed to present compelling evidence implicating them.
A former child soldier charged with public incitement told a Yangon court on Wednesday that he would boycott future trial proceedings, saying he no longer had faith in the judicial system’s ability to render a fair verdict.
Security forces were deployed across Rakhine State’s Rathedaung Township on Monday as the prominent politician Aye Maung and author Wai Hin Aung made their first appearance at the local court, facing charges of incitement and unlawful association.
One year after the shocking assassination of Burmese legal scholar Ko Ni, the primary suspect in the killing remains at large, and law enforcement authorities continue to face scrutiny over their handling of the case.