De­tained Sayadaw U Par Maukkha to ap­pear in court

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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.

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