A Nationalist politician who was defeated at the ballot box is now jailed, facing charges for defaming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Htin Kyaw and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Outspoken leader of the Peace and Diversity Party U Nay Myo Wai was arrested on May 4 for suggesting improper relations with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had helped Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and President Htin Kyaw achieve power.
Despite a visit by his family yesterday, U Nay Myo Wai remains behind bars, according to police.
U Nay Myo Wai was arrested while driving on the Yangon-Mandalay Highway after a complaint was filed against him by a member of the Myanmar Teachers’ Union. He was taken to the Pathein township jail and charged with defamation under the Telecommunications Law, Police Lieutenant Colonel Win Myint Tun confirmed.
U Nay Myo Wai’s family yesterday demanded to know why they were not given a chance to speak with him when they visited the jail. The police officer allegedly told them it was because the case directly concerns the government, according to Ko Win Ko Ko Latt, leader of the Myanmar Nationalist Network.
“The police say they he posted defamation on his account. I asked the officer, ‘Where is the proof?’” he said.
Shortly after the arrest, the Peace and Diversity Party released a statement accusing the government of trying to defame the party and take a blow at them while they were trying to organise demonstrations related to the “Rohingya”.
The statement also said that the government’s arrest amounted to a smear campaign in defence of the Rohingya but added that it would not take the wind out of planned protests. The group has pledge to remount a protest column outside the US embassy in Yangon if the government does release an official statement about the official terminology for Muslim residents of Arakan (Rakhine) State.
According to section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act, defamation is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.
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Source: Myanmar Times