Ex-information minister   sentenced 10 years in prison

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 Yangon, 30 November

U Ye Htut, former Information Minister has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the military council, a source close to the Police Forces of Yangon Region told Than Lwin Times.

Insein Special Court passed the verdicts under Section 124(d) for sedition and Section 505 (a) for spreading fake news, with the total sentence to 10 years in prison on 29 November. 

After the junta lobby’s Telegram channels campaigned to arrest U Ye Htut on 28 October, an officer from the headquarters of   Yangon Region’s Military Command  filed a lawsuit and he was arrested.

 Analysts say that U Ye Htut was sentenced to prison because he criticized the military regime on social media after the military coup.

The military council sentenced U Ye Htut to 7 years in prison under Section 124 (d) of the law on obstructing or interfering with the duties of government employees and 3 years in prison under Section 505 (a) of the charge of spreading false news to cause public fear; total of 10 years in prison.

ဦးရဲထွဋ်ကို ထောင်ဒဏ် ၁၀ နှစ်ချမှတ်ခဲ့တာနဲ့ပတ်သက်ပြီး စစ်ကောင်စီဘက်က သီးခြားထုတ် ပြန်ထားတာမရှိသေးသလို သံလွင်တိုင်းမ်က စစ်ကောင်စီပြောခွင့်ရ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ဇော်မင်းထွန်းကို ဆက်သွယ်မေးမြန်းခဲ့ပေမယ့် ပြန်လည်ဖြေကြားတာတော့ မရှိခဲ့ပါဘူး။

The military council has not issued a separate statement regarding his 10 years prison sentence yet. Although the Than Lwin Times tried to contact Major General Zaw Min Tun, the spokesperson of   the military council, for this sentence, was unable to reach him.

News – Than Lwin Times

 Photo – Social Media (  Arrest of  U Ye Htut  )

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