Trio sentenced for sword attack on NLD MP
A man who assaulted an NLD candidate last year was sentenced to nearly seven years yesterday, with two accomplices given three years each.
THE sword-wielding assailant and two accomplices involved in an attack on a National League for Democracy candidate during campaigning for last year’s election were sentenced to prison terms on multiple counts this week.
The attacker, 40-year-old U Zaw Latt, was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison with hard labour after being found guilty of charges under sections 294, 323 and 326 of the penal code – the latter covering grievous harm caused voluntarily with a weapon – as well as one count under the Arms Act’s section 16(e).
U Zaw Latt’s companions Htet Aung Hlaing aka Htet Ko and Myo Min Khine were sentenced to three years and six months in prison, also with hard labour, under sections 114, 323 and 326 of the penal code.
The Thaketa Township Court delivered the verdicts on September 6.
The incident in question occurred on the evening of October 29, when U Naing Ngan Lin – now a member of the regional government – was campaigning in Thaketa township’s No 3 Man Pyay ward. U Aung Kyaw Kyaw, an NLD secretary for a neighbouring ward who was accompanying the candidate, had temporarily parted company with the campaigners to purchase a bottle of water from a street-side vendor when he got into an argument with U Zaw Latt, who punched him.
U Zaw Latt then went to his home, where he retrieved a long-sword and recruited Htet Aung Hlaing and Myo Min Khine, convincing them to return with him to the scene of the quarrel similarly armed.
The three men encountered the NLD campaigners at the top of Man Pyay 9 Street, and U Naing Ngan Lin was slashed on his fingers, forearms and head when he attempted to intercede in an ensuing altercation.
Two other NLD members, one being fellow Yangon Region Hluttaw candidate Daw Thandar Maw, also sustained injuries. All three received treatment at Yangon General Hospital.
On November 4, U Naing Ngan Lin returned to the campaign trail, his arms heavily bandaged. He won his race four days later for a seat in the Yangon Region Hluttaw representing Thaketa township constituency 1.
He was later appointed regional social affairs minister.
– Translation by Win Thaw Tar