Court denies bail for Magwe Sayadaw
THE petition to grant bail to the detained Magwe Sayadaw U Par Maukkha was denied by judge Daw Soe Mar Aye at Kamayut township court on Tuesday.
The court allowed him to post bail for K1 million under section 19 of the penal code for violation of the Peaceful Procession Law, but then denied it under 505 (b) for inciting people to commit offence.
“The Sayadaw has the right to revision and appeal,” said the monk’s lawyer Daw Soe Mar Aye. A copy of the verdict can be obtained immediately and appeal can be requested today or within a week.”
About 60 supporters and relatives of the Sayadaw, who hasn’t left the Buddhist order, arrived at the court hearing. When the police brought the Sayadaw in, supporters protested actively.
The township judge and the Sayadaw had to appeal to the crowd to keep quiet so the session could begin.
Sayadaw U Par Maukkha led a protest, together with other nationalists, in front of US Embassy in Yangon for using the word “Rohingya” in their statement in April 2016. Sayadaw U Par Maukkha is one of the three monks who participated in the demonstration.
He was prosecuted at Kamayut township court under section 19 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law and section 505 (b) of penal code.
The Magwe Sayadaw was arrested on November as he was applying to register a demonstration in North Dagon police station on November 12. The arrested was warranted by Kamayut township’s court.
The township court issued arrest warrant against several monks involved in the demonstration, including Magwe Monastery Monk U Par Maukkha, as they failed to show up in court for three times. Other culprits are still at large.