Burma

Myanmar Junta Gives NLD Chief Minister Extra Three Years in Prison

By The Irrawaddy 21 July 2022

Myanmar’s junta on Wednesday sentenced ousted Mandalay Regional chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung to an additional three years in prison.

The 71-year-old now faces 29 years in prison.

A prison court in Mandalay sentenced him under Article 130(a) of the Penal Code under electoral fraud charges filed by Kyaw Kyaw Soe, deputy director of the Mandalay regional election sub-commission, according to the defendant’s legal team.

“This is the final charge against him. We are now planning to appeal against all his sentences,” his lawyer said, adding that the chief minister is in good health despite needing treatment for leukemia.

In mid-June, Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, who is also vice-chair of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was sentenced to 21 years in jail on five counts of corruption.

In early June, he was also sentenced to one year in prison for alleged electoral fraud over the 2020 general election.

In December, a junta court handed down four years under Article 505(b) of the Penal Code and the Natural Disaster Management Law for breaching COVID-19 regulations.

He was jailed for 19 years by former military regimes for his activism.

By May, 917 NLD members had been detained since the February 1, 2021, coup, according to the party.

Of those, 701 members, of which 98 are elected lawmakers, are still in junta custody.

Eighteen party members and a lawmaker have died in custody, often after torture or being denied health care.

The Thwe Thout and Swun Ye militias, which are believed to have been formed by the regime, have been murdering NLD members and supporters, especially in Mandalay and Tanintharyi regions.

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