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Police Demand Bribes from Parents of Falsely Charged Victims

Police are demanding bribes from the parents of the falsely prosecuted Rohingyas in Mrauk-U Township, say the locals

By Rohingya Eye
R-Vision TV News

Mrauk U (Fatthar Killa) — The Myanmar Police in Mrauk-U Township have been demanding bribes from the parents of the falsely prosecuted victims in order to drop their charges.

There were 28 Rohingya Contract-Workers hail from ‘Paung Douk’ village arrested by the Mrauk-U Police on March 5. They were hired by U Maung Maung Tun, a local Rakhine and contractor for ‘Digging Sands for Constructions.’

“The project was reportedly illegal according to the police. But the people arrested are innocent and just labours. They were brought before the court on April 4. The police extorted Kyat 20,000 from the parents of each of them saying they would drop a few charges. And then again, now they are demanding Kyat 40,000 from each of them.

They are unable to give to fulfill the police’s demands. They are too poor to do that. They are confined within a certain area and find hard to make their daily ends meet.
The victims of the false charges could be imprisoned soon” said a local in Mrauk-U Township.

On the other hand, it has been learnt that the main culprit of the illegal business, U Maung Maung Tun, wrote a letter to the parents of the charged victims asking them to sign on a paper mentioning “Maung Maung Tun is not involved in the project in any way.” He threatened them in a separate letter if they didn’t sign on the aforementioned letter, their sons could be imprisoned. However, they didn’t sign on it.

Now, the real culprit is reportedly hiding in Sittwe (Akyab) Township to escape from the possible actions that could be taken against him.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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