The Loikaw Township’s judge dismissed a charge against three men, including Khun Bee Du, chairman of the Kayan National Party, under the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law when they faced their second trial on January 23.
The accused persons were the leaders of more than 700 people who marched toward the court handling the case of five Karenni men who staged a protest against the Tatmadaw’s alleged execution of four people.
“We are consulting. The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) personally intervened in the crisis. The Kayah State Government believes that Tatmadaw (defence services) will take action against those who killed three Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) soldiers and a civilian. They promise that for this matter, they will issue announcement,” Khun Bee Du, the accused person, told a press conference held at the office of Karenni youths’ union.
Government officials also agreed not to take legal action against 12 persons who allegedly led the January 19 protest before being charged.
Members of Myanmar Ethnic Youths Alliance from regions and states, former political prisoners, political activists and members of Kayan State Students’ Union visited the court to welcome Khun Bee Du, chairman of the Kayan National Party; Khun Athan, member of the Union of Karenni State Youth (UKSY); and Khu Turel, chairman of the Karenni State Farmers Union.
The five members of the Union of Karenni State Youth (UKSY) and the Karenni State Farmers Union, on December 22, led a protest in Loikaw against the alleged execution of three Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) soldiers and a civilian two days earlier.
On January 2, Loikaw Township police station charged the five with violating the Peaceful Assembly Law. After four trials, the court ordered the five to pay a fine or to be imprisoned for 20 days, and the five chose to go to prison.
Those accused persons led the crowd numbering more than 700 people heading to the court and Loikaw prison on January 19 and therefore they were charged under the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law.
Translated by Win Htut