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Student activists denied countersue claim, bail

Robert San Aung (PHOTO:DVB)

A court hearing took place at Tharawaddy township court on Tuesday for education reform activists detained in a police crackdown in Letpadan, Pegu Division, in March.

Defence lawyer Robert San Aung told DVB that the court rejected the defence team’s motion to countersue the police for arbitrary detention of the protestors following their arrest. He said the court also rejected bail for 10 of the defendants.

“The judge rejected the motion to countersue the police on the grounds that there was no sanction for prosecution and that the protestors were remanded within 24 hours after they were arrested in accordance with Article 61 of the Code of Criminal Procedure,” said Robert San Aung, adding that the defence team will make another attempt to countersue police at a higher district court.

“The judge said there was not enough ground provided by the defence for bail. The issue here is that the courts believe that defendants charged under Article 505(b) should be denied bail,” he said.

To date, 55 students and civilians detained at the Letpadan rally remain in Tharawaddy prison, with some still suffering injuries sustained the police crackdown.

Read more about the Letpadan activists here