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Six AA suspects face trial in Mandalay court

Oct 09, 2019

Naypyitaw (Myanmar) Oct 09: Three suspected Arakan Army (AA) members and three suspected supporters of the ethnic armed group were charged in court on Tuesday with violating the country's terrorism law for possession of bomb-making materials and high-tech communications equipment.
The Mandalay District Court allowed the trial against the suspects to continue. They were caught with the illegal items during a raid in Chan Mya Tharsi township last month.
"Arrest warrants have been issued for three other suspects who are wanted in connection with the case," said court information officer Daw Marlar Htut.
Police said one of the six suspects is an AA officer and two are fighters. The three others - two gem traders and a bus line employee - were alleged to be AA supporters.
In the September 10 raid, police said they recovered detonators, gunpowder, and other items. They also found an assortment of high-powered gadgets, including 40 satellite phones and 30 Russian-made binoculars.
Police Captain Zaw Naing, who filed the criminal complaint in the case, and several witnesses, will take the stand when the trial resumes on October 22.
The six were charged with violating sections 51(c) and 52 (b) of the Counter-Terrorism Law. Section 51(c) is punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment and Section 52(a) by up to seven years' imprisonment.
Source: Myanmar Times