Detained Sayadaw U Par Maukkha to appear in court
DETAINED Magwe Sayadaw U Par Maukkha, arrested by North Dagon police while applying for a demonstration, will be brought before Kamayut township court on Tuesday, Ko Sithu, lay attendant of the monk, told The Myanmar Times.
“Currently the Sayadaw is detained at North Dagon police station. We can meet with him. As the Sayadaw has kidney disease, we have to give him medicine. Right now, he is alone,” Ko Sithu said.
When Magwe Sayadaw U Par Maukkha went to North Dagon police station to register for a demonstration regarding land issues against North Dagon development affairs committee on Sunday, he was arrested by the police under a warrant from Kamayut township’s court.
Following his arrest, the Sayadaw was brought to Yangon Region Sangha Maha Nayaka’s office and disrobed before being detained at the police station.
“Yesterday, I was assigned by a letter to represent him. We have a lawyer but we will find out which one tomorrow in court,” Ko Sithu said.
Sayadaw U Par Maukkha, who led a protest together with other nationalists in front of the US Embassy in Yangon for using the word “Rohingya” in a statement in April 2016, was prosecuted at Kamayut township court under section 19 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law and section 505 (b) of the penal code.
Following the protest, several monks from the Nationalist Monks Union, Sayadaw U Thu Seikta and U Nyana Dhamma, and others: Ko Win Ko Ko Latt, Naung Taw Lay, Thet Myo Oo and Nay Win Aung were also prosecuted.
Kamayut township court sentenced Ko Win Ko Ko Latt, Naung Taw Lay, Thet Myo Oo and Nay Win Aung to seven months in prison on September 28.
The township court issued an arrest warrant against Magwe Monastery Monk U Par Maukkha, U Thu Seikta and U Nyana Dhamma because they failed to show up in court three times. U Par Maukkha was arrested but the others are still at large.
An arrest warrant has been issued for U Thu Seikta for his involvement in the anti-government protest near Shwedagon’s bronze Buddha Image and Mingalar Taungnyunt’s case.
Similarly, six monks who led a protest in Mandalay were arrested, disrobed and charged by the township court.
A directive signed and issued by Yangon Region Security and Border Affairs minister a few days ago stated that the township police force shall not grant permission for peaceful assembly and peaceful procession in Yangon’s 11 townships on safety grounds.