Writer charged with insulting religion denied bail again
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]