Ngar Min Swe jailed for 7 years for insulting Facebook posts against State Counsellor

Nay Myo Win

Yangon West District Court has sentenced Ngar Min Swe to seven years in prison plus a fine of Ks100,000 under Section 124 (A) of the Penal Code of Myanmar for posting derogatory remarks to the State Counsellor on Facebook.

The final verdict was passed on September 18, and the convict will face one more year of imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

After the court ruling, family members of the convict came to pay the fine. His application status for appeal at a higher level court is still unknown.

"If he is dissatisfied with the sentence, he could apply for appeal at Yangon Region High Court. The appeal must sought within 30 days," said information officer Htay Aung from the West District Court.

The verdict came after 11 court hearings in which two plaintiff witnesses testified but Ngar Min Swe refused to bring witnesses for him.

He was arrested on July 12 this year at his home in Hline Township. He received the jail sentence after about two months of trial.     

Section 124 (A) of the Penal  Code states that whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, bring to attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards [the Government established by law for the Union or for the constituent units thereof,] shall be punished with transportation for life or an shorter term, to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.