NLD law­maker in hot wa­ter af­ter mo­tel fight

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

Lower house MP U Nyan Lin is un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a mo­tel man­ager ac­cused of him of being threat­en­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent last week­end that in­volved de­mands for KTV and punch­ing a glass­door.

A NA­TIONAL League for Democ­racy MP is being in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice fol­low­ing re­ports of a rau­cous evening this week­end that ended with an al­le­ga­tion of in­tim­i­da­tion at a mo­tel in his con­stituency.

The man­ager of Mo­tel Shwe Pyi Thar in Yan­gon lodged a crim­i­nal com­plaint against lower house law­maker U Nyan Lin (NLD; Shwe Pyi Thar), fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance on the night of Oc­to­ber 1.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, U Nyan Lin, to­gether with two friends, went to the mo­tel and asked whether or not they had KTV. The mo­tel man­ager, Ma Thazin, replied that they do not and re­fused to open the door to the trio.

U Nyan Lin then called the ward’s ad­min­is­tra­tor. Once the ward ad­min­is­tra­tor ar­rived, the mo­tel man­ager opened the door and the men went inside where they pro­ceeded to swear at staff and punch the mo­tel’s glass door, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice record.

The com­plainant’s state­ment says that U Nyan Lin said, “I will de­mol­ish your ho­tel.”

The NLD MP dis­putes the com­plainant’s ver­sion of events. Ac­cord­ing to him, he was act­ing on re­ports that crimes were being com­mit­ted in the mo­tel and had come to in­ves­ti­gate.

He said that he had wit­nesses who would sup­port his case and that the CCTV footage would not show him swear­ing at staff.

U Win Htein, cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the NLD, told The Myan­mar Times that the party would not in­ter­fere with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but in­stead would re­spect the rule of law and act on ju­di­cial find­ings.

“I have al­ready looked into the case. I have no rea­son to in­volve my­self in the po­lice’s work. We will fo­cus on the rule of the law. If the judge de­cides that [U Nyan Lin] is guilty, our party will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion in this re­gard,” he said.

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