Quarantined Returnees Jailed for Being Drunk and Disorderly in Myanmar

By Salai Thant Zin 17 June 2020

Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region — A court in Ayeyarwady Region’s Pathein Township has sentenced three men to three months in prison with labor for being drunk and disorderly at a COVID-19 quarantine center at Pathein University.

The three migrants, two from Myanaung and one from Kyonpyaw, were in quarantine at Pathein University after they returned from Thailand.

The Public Health Department opened a case under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law after they were deemed drunk and swore at the center supervisors on June 8.

“The three were drunk and engaged in disorderly conduct, despite a request from the supervisors and security personnel. So we filed a lawsuit against them for violating the rules,” said Dr. Myat Tun, who is in charge of quarantine in the region.

The three reportedly went to the women’s dormitory, knocked on the doors and asked for the women’s phone numbers.

The three pleaded not guilty on June 10 but the judge sentenced them to three months in prison at the fourth hearing on June 15. They are being held at Pathein Prison.

Since late March, Ayeyarwady’s courts have sentenced over 90 people under the Communicable Diseases Law, Disaster Management Law, Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law and Telecommunications Law for running away from quarantine centers, disorderly conduct at the centers, violating bans on gatherings and for sharing so-called misinformation about COVID-19.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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