Elderly woman freed from jail
Prominent monks protested the treatment of a 62-year-old woman who was denied bail and spent 22 days in jail for allegedly defaming another woman on social media.
A 62-YEAR-OLD woman was freed on August 22 after spending 22 days in jail for allegedly defaming another woman on Facebook.
Last month, Daw Myint Myint Than took to the social media site to accuse Daw Moe Moe Oo of failing to repay K4 million that the former had lent the latter. In response, Daw Moe Moe Oo and her son, Soe Thiha, a lawyer, filed a lawsuit under the Telecommunications Law of 2013, claiming that Daw Myint Myint Than had defamed them online.
Police detained Daw Myint Myint Than on July 31 in Pazundaung township and a judge denied her the right to bail. She spent 15 days in Pazundaung’s police station and another seven days in Insein Prison.
“It was mentally disturbing because I did not commit any crimes,” she said.
The judge had denied her bail under an 1898 criminal code, said Daw Myint Myint Than’s attorney U Robert San Aung. He questioned the court’s decision to use the specific section of the legal code it settled on when there are similar charges in the penal code and the 2004 Electronic Act.
Magwe Sayadaw U Pamaukkha showed up in front of Pazungdaung Township Court on August 22 to condemn the earlier decision not to grant bail. He called the court and police station’s actions “unreasonable”.
Daw Myint Myint Than speaks with reporters outside of Pazungdaung Township Court on August 22.