FA­THER OF A MYAN­MAR HIGH SCHOOL STU­DENT TO SUE ARMED FORCES

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

The fa­ther of a Myan­mar high school stu­dent hos­pi­tal­ized in restive Rakhine state’s Kyauk­taw town­ship days af­ter be­ing de­tained for three hours by gov­ern­ment sol­diers said Tues­day that he is su­ing the mil­i­tary for al­legedly bru­tally beat­ing the boy, a move that prompted swift le­gal coun­ter­ac­tion by the armed forces, RFA

re­ported.

Sol­diers from Myan­mar Army Bat­tal­ion 539 de­tained 16-year-old Zaw Naing Naing Htay from Kyauk­taw’s Pyi Taw Thar ward at 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 and re­leased him at 7 p.m. af­ter he showed them proof that he was sched­uled to take his 10th-grade ex­am­i­na­tions, the boy’s fa­ther Shwe Sein Oo told RFA’s Myan­mar Ser­vice.

Kyauk­taw is one of sev­eral town­ships in Rakhine state where gov­ern­ment sol­diers have en­gaged in hos­til­i­ties with the rebel Arakan Army (AA). Myan­mar Army sol­diers have been known to de­tain for ques­tion­ing civil­ians whom they suspect of hav­ing a con­nec­tion to the Arakan fight­ers.

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