El­derly woman freed from jail

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - Aungkyawmin@mm­times.com AUNG KYAW MIN

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”.

Photo: Naing Wynn Htoon

Daw Myint Myint Than speaks with re­porters out­side of Pazung­daung Town­ship Court on Au­gust 22.

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