The Irrawaddy

Appeal to Deny Myanmar Now Editor Bail Fails

MANDALAY — A court in Mandalay rejected on Friday an appeal to revoke bail for Ko Swe Win, chief editor of news agency Myanmar Now.

The editor was detained and then released on bail in July after Mandalay resident U Kyaw Myo Shwe filed a complaint under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, accusing Ko Swe Win of insulting ultranationalist monk U Wirathu.

The plaintiff opposed the granting of bail and filed an appeal in September. However, Mandalay District Court decided it would not deny bail.

“The court said it will give bail to the Myanmar Now editor and he will continue the trial at the township court,” said Ko Swe Win’s lawyer U Myo Min Zaw.

Ko Swe Win will continue the trial at Maha Aung Myay Township Court next week.