Writer charged with in­sult­ing re­li­gion de­nied bail again

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

A prom­i­nent colum­nist who has been charged with in­sult­ing re­li­gion over a speech about Bud­dhism has had another bail ap­pli­ca­tion dis­missed by a court at Chaung- U in Sa­gaing Re­gion on Jan­uary 8, his lawyer said.

U Thein Than Oo told Mizzima on Jan­uary 9 it was the fourth time a bail re­quest for U Htin Lin Oo had been re­jected.

U Thein Than Oo said some monks from Ma Ba Tha, the Or­gan­i­sa­tion to Pro­tect Race and Re­li­gion, had shouted “put him in jail” dur­ing the bail hear­ing and he had asked that the case be moved to the dis­trict court in Monywa.

U Htin Lin Oo, a for­mer Na­tional League for Democ­racy in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, was charged over a speech he made in Oc­to­ber last year dur­ing which he crit­i­cised the use of Bud- dhism as a tool for ex­treme na­tion­al­ism. U Htin Lin Oo says an ex­cerpt of the speech, which was widely shared on so­cial me­dia, was taken out of con­text.

After his ar­rest, U Htin Lin Oo’s wife apol­o­gised pub­licly on his be­half, say­ing her hus­band had no in­ten­tion of caus­ing of­fence.

U Htin Lin Oo has been charged with be­hav­iour in­tended to out­rage re­li­gious feel­ings and com­ments in­tended to wound re­li­gious feel­ings. U Thein Than Oo has been quoted as say­ing his client faces up to three years in jail if con­victed.

[ Phyu Phyu Zin]

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