Ac­tor sen­tenced to prison time for in­sult­ing mil­i­tary

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Toe Wai Aung, trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

The Ka­maryut Town­ship Court sen­tenced ac­tor U Tun Nge on Au­gust 26 to two years and nine months in prison after find­ing his car on the Hledan over­pass in Yangon cov­ered with spray-painted re­marks deemed in­sult­ing to the mil­i­tary.

On March 1, an aban­doned car parked on the Hledan fly­over was dis­cov­ered with the of­fend­ing writ­ings. It was later de­ter­mined that the ve­hi­cle’s owner was U Tun Nge. Ka­maryut town­ship po­lice ar­rested him and filed charges with the Ka­maryut Town­ship Court un­der Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Law sec­tion 58(a), as well as pe­nal code sec­tions 294/295/505(b) and its defama­tion sec­tion, 500.

A state flag was af­fixed to the rear glass of his Nis­san Max­ima and in­sult­ing spray-painted writ­ings about the mil­i­tary were also dis­cov­ered on the back of the car. Three Ro­man al­pha­bet let­ters spell­ing out “RED” were ad­hered to the front wind­shield of the car and a small state flag and a Bud­dhist re­li­gious flag were also found on the car bon­net, as well as the let­ters “ILE” in green. In­sult­ing spray-painted writ­ings about the mil­i­tary were also found on the front of his car.

The court also found U Tun Nge guilty of charges un­der the State Flag Law, leg­is­la­tion that seeks to pro­tect the in­tegrity and dig­nity of the na­tional ban­ner.

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