Court keeps treason cases vs legislator, author
A Rakhine township court has maintained a “high treason” charge against Lower House legislator U Aye Maung and author Win Hing Aung for allegedly inciting unrest.
A COURT in Sittwe township, Rakhine State, on Monday dropped a charge of unlawful association against a politician and an author but maintained a high treason charge against them for allegedly inciting people to oppose the government.
The court found probable cause to continue the trial of Rakhine political leader U Aye Maung and author Wai Hin Aung for “high treason” and incitement under Sections 121 and 505 of the Penal Code.
The duo was arrested for allegedly making inflammatory speeches during a forum in Rathedaung township in Rakhine on January 15.
U Aye Maung was arrested at his home in Sittwe on January 18, while U Wai Hin Aung was arrested a day earlier.
The legislator denounced the court’s decision and said they will appeal the charges to a higher court.
“Although we have nothing, not even a toothpick, we have been charged with high treason” said U Aye Maung, leader of the Arakan National Party.
“We did not commit a crime, but we are being charged. It means the judiciary system is out of whack,” said Wai Hin Aung.
Daw Aye Nu Sein, the lawyer of Wai Hin Aung, said they will appeal the decision to the state court.
The Rakhine government filed three charges, including high treason, against U Aye Maung and Wai Hin Aung for allegedly defaming the state during a literary talk in Rathedaung to mark the 233rd anniversary of the fall of the Rakhine kingdom.
The police filed the case against them for speech that allegedly “caused disharmony among national races.”
U Aye Maung, Ann township MP and Arakan National Party leader (centre), talks to the media while being escorted out of court by police after a hearing in Sittwe on August 13.