KACHIN STATE – Seven women and their driver, who were abducted on their way back from a protest in Saing Taung Village, Hpakant Township, were sentenced to prison at a military council court on Tuesday (September 20), according to a local.
“Hpakant Township court sentenced them after two months. They were sentenced yesterday. Women were sentenced quickly as they confessed earlier. All of them get one year and seven months sentences under Section 505(A). The man was given two year and seven months prison sentence for the three sections that he’s charged under,” said a Hpakant local.
The ones sentenced are Ma Toe (64 year-old), Ma Khaing (51 year-old), Ma Marlin (45 year-old), Ma Khin Lae (31 year-old), Ma Ngwe (56 year-old), Ma Paw Paw 30 year-old), Ma Myint Than (41 year-old), and U Thein Tun (45 year-old)
The local added that they were arrested back in July 13 by military junta security forces after coming back from a protest. U Thein Tun was their driver and was charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, carrying a handgun, and the military go to Section, 505(A).
He said that U Thein Tun will still have to face the two terrorism charges laid against him at the district level court. Although protesters are being abducted and charged like that, Hpakant is the only township in Kachin State that is still having anti-military dictatorship protests to this day.