Pair Behind 2016 Yangon Bombings Get Lengthy Jail Terms

By Htun Htun 27 April 2018

YANGON — The Yangon West District Court on Wednesday sentenced two men to lengthy prison terms for the 2016 bombings of the Yangon Region Parliament compound and a city shopping center.

Authorities found an exploded bomb between the pipes leading to the toilet of the Immigration and Population Department inside the Parliament compound on Nov. 25, 2016. Another bomb was found unexploded 10 feet away on the same day.

The court sentenced Khin Maung Shwe, also known as Ko Shwe or Yacob, and Soe Win, also known as Mohammad Ali, to 10 years in jail with hard labor under Section 3 of the Explosives Act for planting the improvised bombs, which were made from M-150 energy drink cans filled with explosive.

Khin Maung Shwe was also sentenced to an additional 10 years in jail with hard labor for two bomb explosions eight days earlier at Yangon’s Ocean Shopping Center, one in the car park and another in a men’s toilet.

Two other suspects, Soe Min Zaw, also known as Tharnge, and Yasin, also known as Kyaw Gyi, were acquitted.

The November 2016 incidents were among a series of explosions to hit the country’s commercial capital that month. Other locations included the Capital Hypermarket in Dawbon Township and near the South Dagon Township Immigration and Population Department.