Burma

Myanmar Police Fails to Probe Headquarters Raid: NLD

By The Irrawaddy 23 February 2021

The National League for Democracy (NLD) says Yangon’s police are not investigating its allegations over the raid by the security forces on its headquarters two weeks ago.

The office was raided on the night of Feb. 9, while no one was in the building.

It took place on the same day as the regime announced an 8pm-4am curfew and banned gatherings of five or more people across Yangon.

Military personnel broke down the doors of the headquarters in Shwe Gone Daing, Bahan Township, and its central executive committee office in Tamwe Township.

The NLD central committee said the military confiscated property, including cash and computer drives.

Numerous personnel in police and military uniforms and plainclothes were recorded by CCTV entering the building, said U Soe Lay, who was elected for the NLD in the November general election.

He told a press conference in Yangon on Tuesday that important documents, cash, bank books and cheques from a safe are missing along with office supplies, a printer, scanner and projector. An exact list of seized property cannot be produced because the NLD’s finance committee member, U Thein Oo, is still detained.

The NLD opened a case on Feb. 10, which was accepted but no investigation has been carried out, U Soe Lay said.

Advocate U Kyi Win said the police should carry out their legal duties.

“It is not right. The police are not following their procedures,” he said.

U Soe Lay added that the party will take further legal action although the police were trying to ignore the incident.

He added that as the NLD leadership, cabinet ministers and Union Election Commission members have been detained, it appears the regime is trying to find incriminating evidence against the NLD.

The military has prosecuted State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other senior NLD figures since the coup.

The junta has appointed new election commissioners and invited political parties to meet them on Feb. 26.

U Soe Lay said the NLD will not attend the meeting to signal its opposition to the regime.

Millions of citizens have been protesting against the military regime, demanding the release of the detained leaders and the restoration of the democratically elected government.

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