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 Burmese journalists for Reuters were honoured in absentia with the PEN America 2018 Barbey Freedom to Write Award on Tuesday in New York, as they remain behind bars more than 8,000 kilometres away, facing charges for what the international news agency says was “simply doing their jobs.”
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.
A police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Burma’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday, without elaborating.
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.
As two Reuters journalists appeared in court on Wednesday, which marked their 100th day behind bars facing charges under Burma’s Official Secrets Act, a second attempt by their defence team to submit an exhibit into evidence that is potentially at the heart of the trial was again rejected.
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.
Tin Thuzar, the owner and matriarch of a Yangon tailoring shop embroiled in a high-profile domestic abuse case that saw her sentenced to more than 15 years in prison last month, died on Sunday at Insein Prison Hospital.
A Shan State court on Friday sentenced two Kachin pastors to harsh multi-year prison sentences after they were caught up in conflict in Muse Township, with the two men found guilty of all charges brought against them, including “unlawful association.”
Scores of farmers in southern Shan State’s Taunggyi township, who were facing trial after the Burmese military pressed criminal trespass charges against them over a land confiscation dispute, were sentenced to one month in prison on Thursday.
Overcrowding at penitentiaries will not allow for the closure of the country’s notorious prison labour camps any time soon, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Soe told Lower House lawmakers at Wednesday’s parliamentary session.