Father imprisoned for murder, son rearrested for unlawful associations

Narinjara News, 14 October 2019

U Kyaw Myint, a former administrator of Tein Nyo village under Mrauk U township, was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment in a murder case. Fortunately, his son was released by the Sittwe district court on 11 October but soon Ko Min Than Htay was arrested by the police in another case.

Lawyer U San Shwe Maung, who has defended both them in the court, informed that the father was convicted in the murder case (under act 302(2)/ 109) of former Mrauk U township administrator U Bo Bo Min Thaik. U Kyaw Myint is also convicted in another arson case (under act 435/109) for setting the victim’s car into the fire.

The son was released in the concerned case but Ko Min Than Htay (21) was later arrested for another case of unlawful associate act 17(1).

His mother Daw Kyi Kyi Win expressed anger over the police actions. Moreover, she was not happy with the conviction of his husband (U Kyaw Myint) as he was not involved with the murder.

“During the time of U Bo Bo Min Thaik’s assassination on 30 January 2018, my husband was in Yangon with me. There is no evidence supporting his involvement with the murder. But he was falsely accused by the authority. On the other hand, my son was acquitted by the court but he was rearrested in another case,” said Daw Kyi Kyi Win.

She also added that the authority has seized all properties belongs to U Kyaw Myint including houses, farms and a car as the murder case proceeded.

Mentionable is that former Mrauk U township administrator U Bo Bo Min Thaik was found dead with stab injuries inside his car on 30 January 2018. He was on his way to Sittwe and the incident took place in Ponna Kyunt Township, 20 miles north of the Arakanese capital city.

U Bo Bo Min Thaik served as the administrator of Mrauk U township when the deadly riot broke out on January 16 last year that resulted in the killings of seven people and injuring 12 others.

The conflict started as local officials banned any observation relating to the annual commemoration of the fall of Arakanese Kingdom.  U Bo Bo Min Thaik was transferred later to  Sittwe following the massive public outcries.