Court de­nies bail for Magwe Sayadaw

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG KYAW MIN aungkyawmin@mm­times.com

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.

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