Trio sen­tenced for sword at­tack on NLD MP

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - toe­wa­iaung@mm­times.com TOE WAI AUNG

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

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