3 June 2021
It is heard from lawyer that the case of 8 defendants including Ko Aung Mrat Kyaw, the younger brother of the Arakan Army (AA) chief, Major-General Twan Mrat Naing, has been dismissed and therefore the case was not required to be investigated further.
Advocate U Aung Kyaw Sein said that their case was appeared before the Yangon Region Western District Court on June 2 but it was not heard since the plaintiff, Police Chief Tint Shwe, revoked the case.
U Aung Kyaw Sein explained, “The prosecution team submitted the revocation letter to the District Law Office, but not to the Court. This case was charged with the permission of the Central Committee for Counter Terrorism. Normally, the revocation letter is directly submitted from the legal office to the court of law. But in this case the plaintiffs requested the agreement of the Central Committee for Counter Terrorism again. The case is over after the legal office submits the revocation letter based on such agreement.”
U Aung Kyaw Sein added that Police Deputy Chief Min Min Thu, the very last witness, arrived for court appointment but the judge let him go back without any investigation since the case had been already dismissed.
He continued that the court appointed again for the case of 8 defendants including Ko Aung Mrat Kyaw on 9 June and whether they will be released or not was up to the notice letter of the Central Committee for Counter Terrorism.
The leaders of the Arakanese Association-Singapore (AAS), including such as Ko Aung Mrat Kyaw, Ko Twan Aye, Ko Hein Zaw, Ko Ye Kyaw Htet, Ma May Gyi, Ko Tin Hlaing Oo, Ko Mrat Lay Oo, Ko Shwe Hlaing Than, were arrested in July 2019, and charged of having relationship with and funding for Arakan Army (AA).
These eight Arakan youths were charged with section 50(j) and 52(a) of the Counter Terrorism Law and the plaintiff was the Police Chief Tint Shwe from Yangon Region Information Branch.
Arakanese Association-Singapore (AAS) is known as a famous organization in supporting the people who had suffered the natural disasters or the effects of battles in Rakhine State.
According to the Thazin Legal Aid Group, during the two-years fighting period between Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar Army, there were more than 200 persons who had been charged with Counter Terrorism Law and arrested on suspicion of having connection with AA.
In May, Military Council dismissed 17 juvenile cases in which the defendants are under 18 years of age and charged with Counter Terrorism Law.
Aung Htain (DMG)