Man Who Attacked Aung San Suu Kyi Residence Jailed

By Zue Zue 3 July 2018

YANGON — A Yangon court has sentenced the man who threw a bottle filled with gasoline into the residence of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to five years in prison.

Win Naing pleaded guilty to the attack during the trial at the Bahan Township Court.

The leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) was not at her residence when he threw the bottle filled with gasoline into the compound in Yangon’s Bahan Township around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 1.

It caused little damage, just burning a water pipe, said the police.

After police arrested Win Naing, news spread on social media that he was admitted to a mental hospital in 2016.

“Whoever violates the law should be punished according to the law. He should be given an appropriate punishment no matter what [medical] issues he has. It is good that action was taken according to the law. This will set an example,” said lawmaker U Thaung Htut of Bahan Township.

Police have opened a case under Article 436 of the Penal Code against Win Naing. The article prescribes transportation for life, or imprisonment up to 10 years and also a fine if found guilty for mischief by fire or any explosive substance with intent to destroy property.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko.