Arrested writer who delivers relief aid in Rakhine to be released soon, says junta spokesperson

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Sittway, 25 May

A well-known writer Wai Hin Aung and his colleagues who are providing humanitarian assistance to people in Rakhine state affected by Cyclone Mocha was arrested by the miliary council on 23 May.

The writer and his companions will be released after questioning, said Maj-Gen Zaw Min Tun,  the military’s spokesperson on 23 May.

The pro-military Telegram channels also posted that they will be released on 24 May.

 Writer Wai Hin Aung, his daughter, three other colleagues were arrested on 23 May afternoon while they were bringing relief items by four cars en route from Sittway to Yathedaung township where devastations occurred by severe Cyclone Mocha.

Authorities released the writer and his daughter on 24 May, and two other philanthropists from Yangon are still under  detention.

The reason of their arrest remains unknown, and their family members have not contacted with them.

Writer Wai Hin Aung was charged by Rakhine state government with sections 122 (1), 505 (b) and 17/1 for delivering speech at the literary talks  in 2018 in commemoration of their  regret at ‘the ruin of Rakhine sovereignty’.

 News—Than Lwin Times

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