Myanmar junta indicts senior NLD lawyer under counter-terrorism law



Daw Ywat Nu Aung (center) speaks to the media after a trial in 2019. / The Irrawaddy

By The Irrawaddy April 29, 2022

Daw Ywat Nu Aung, a prominent lawyer for the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) party, has been charged under the anti-terrorism law after being arrested by the military regime in Mandalay on Wednesday.

The regime’s spokeswoman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, said she had been charged under Section 50(j) of the Anti-Terrorism Law for funding a local resistance group of the Defense Force. people (PDF).

“An arrested PDF treasurer in Mandalay confessed that she supported them financially. That’s why she was arrested and charged,” he said.

The junta has branded Myanmar’s National Unity Shadow Government, its parliamentary wing, the Pyihtaungsu Hluttaw Representative Committee, and its military wing, the People’s Defense Forces, as terrorist groups for alleged acts of incitement against the junta.

Under Section 50(j) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, Daw Ywat Nu Aung faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

A source said the lawyer and her assistant were arrested on Wednesday as they left Mandalay’s Obo prison, where she was part of the legal team defending the ousted chief minister of Mandalay and vice president of the NLD. , Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, in his trial for alleged corruption. Police opened a case against her on Thursday.

The source added that Daw Ywat Nu Aung’s Mandalay office was raided by security forces around 4 a.m. on Friday, citing local residents.

“They came in a military convoy and brought Daw Ywat Nu Aung with them,” he said.

His colleagues said they had no idea where the lawyer was being held.

In addition to helping defend Dr. Zaw Mying Maung, Daw Ywat Nu Aung also represented other prominent NLD figures detained by the junta, including NLD Chairman U Win Htein. She is also a senior NLD official for the Mandalay region.

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