Myanmar Junta Sentences Ousted NLD Chief Minister to Four Years in Prison

By The Irrawaddy 8 December 2021

Ousted Mandalay Region chief minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung has been sentenced to four years in jail by a junta court, his legal team told The Irrawaddy.

The vice-chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was sentenced to two years for alleged sedition under Article 505(b) of the Penal Code and two years for two charges under the Natural Disaster Management Law for alleged breaches of COVID-19 regulations.

He has been held in Mandalay’s Obo Prison since the February coup.

The leukemia sufferer also faces five corruption and two electoral fraud charges.

The veteran politician was jailed by the former military dictator Than Shwe for over 19 years for his efforts to secure democracy and human rights in Myanmar.

Mandalay’s regional agriculture and irrigation minister Dr. Soe Than, electrical minister U Zar Ni Aung and U Tin Ko Ko, secretary of Mandalay Region’s NLD branch, were given two-year sentences for violating the Natural Disaster law.

Dr. Ye Lwin, Mandalay mayor and the regional municipal minister, was sentenced for sedition under Article 505(b) of the Penal code.

Sources close to Dr. Zaw Myint Maung’s family said: “His health is in good and the other ministers are also good.”

The junta has arrested the NLD’s elected leaders and senior figures since the coup. The regime has brought numerous charges against them and is handing down harsh sentences.

Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint, the ousted chief minister of Karen State, was sentenced to 77 years on charges of corruption and sedition in early November.

On Monday, detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint were sentenced to four years each on charges of sedition and breaches of COVID-19 regulations.

Their sentences were immediately cut to two years by junta chief Min Aung Hlaing.

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