Rakhine Militants Threaten to Attack on Thailand over Death Sentences Row
By M.S. Anwar
(Rohingya Vision) –A Rakhine (Magh) Militant Outfit named Arakan Army (AA) threatened to attack on Thailand and its Economic Interests in Myanmar over the death sentences to the two Rakhine (Magh) Burmese by a Thai Court on December 24.
The Thai Court found two Rakhine Burmese migrant workers, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, guilty for the brutal murders of the two British nationals – Killing David Miller, 24, and Raping and then Murdering Hannah Witheridge, 23 — visiting Koh Tao Island in Thailand in September 2014. Miller’s family said after the verdict that they had initial doubts about the investigation but found the evidence against the accused to be “absolutely overwhelming” (AP News).
However, the defendants as well as various Rakhine political groups called it an unfair trial and the protests were held before Thai Embassy in Yangon with protesters chanting ‘we want justice’ and ‘shameless Thai government’ etc.
In a statement released on December 27 2015, the Arakan Army called it ‘Injustice’ and demanded the concerned authorities to appeal against the verdict of the death sentences in 60 days’ time. Else, they would have to use force and raid Thailand’s ‘Nakhon Si Thammarat’ Prison — where the two convicts are currently detained – to rescue the detainees.
Moreover, the militant outfit has also threatened to attack on the Thai Police Stations, the Judicial Courts, the Lawyers and Judges and the Thai Economic Interests in Myanmar.
It has also stated that Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Han, the adjutant officer of Eastern Region of the Arakan Army, is in-charge of the operation to raid the Nakkon Si Thamarat’ Prison.
The Arakan Army is one of the two Rakhine Militant Groups carrying out operations in the Jungles of Arakan state against Burmese Government, another militant group being Arakan Liberation Army (ALA). Both are responsible for killings many Rohingya civilians in Arakan state.
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