District court sentences Taungoo bomber to death by hanging

TAUNGOO – Saw Tun Tun, the perpetrator of a bomb attack in Taungoo that killed two people and injured one, was sentenced to death and a seven-year prison term with hard labour by the district court of Taungoo on January 7.

He was also sentenced to a ten-year prison term with hard labour on July 4, 2014, under the 1980 Explosives Act.

The bomb attack was carried out on October 11, 2013, at the Chan Myae guesthouse in Taungoo. The defendant confessed that he stayed at the guesthouse on October 9 and placed a bomb in room number six that night.

A railway police officer was killed instantly when he checked the bag that contained a bomb. Another woman died later in the hospital.

Saw Tun Tun, an ethnic Karen, fled after the blast and was apprehended by local police with the help of the Karen National Union on November 19, 2013.
He had confessed to planting the bomb after being paid Ks 20,000 (US$20) by a man called Saw Htowah, whom he knew a year ago. Saw Htowah, who is still at large, told Saw Tun Tun to place the bag in Taungoo and and warned him not to open the bag, according to police record.

“We are not sending him to prison right now. He can appeal against his sentence within seven days. The court will submit the documents and photo records to the Supreme Court,” said an official from the Taungoo district court after the verdict.

According to the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, there are 235 individuals currently incarcerated under sentence of death in Myanmar. However, no known official execution has taken place in Myanmar since 1988.