Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Junta Indicts Convicted Shan Lawmaker

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Dr Lin Htut, the former Shan State Chief Minister who was imprisoned after the military overthrew the National League for Democracy (NLD) government on 1 February 2021, has been re-indicted by the junta.


”I heard he was charged with election abuse, but I do not know the details,” an anonymous political activist in Taunggyi told SHAN.

The former lawmaker, who had already been convicted on bribery charges, was charged on 26 July for violating Article 130 (a).

Dr Lin Htut the former Shan State Chief Minister
Dr Lin Htut the former Shan State Chief Minister

“If he is convicted in this case, he will be sentenced to 3 (more) years or a fine, or both,” said a Taunggyi lawyer, whose name cannot be disclosed.

Lin Htut won the last two national elections for the NLD in Shan State.

After the coup, the lawmaker was detained until 10 February, when he was released and re-arrested again a few days before he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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