MYANMAR – According to the close acquaintances to the junta council court, the court sentenced Ms. Hmue Yadanar Khat Moh Moh Tun, a journalist from Myanmar Pressphoto Agency, to 10 years in prison with hard labor on May 26.
In December, 2022, she was sentenced to 3 years in prison under section 505 (A) of penal code and she was sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor under section 50 (J) of Anti-terrorism law. So she was sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison.
A lawyer from Yangon who is pleading for the case, who is on condition of anonymity for security reason, mentioned that he will not appeal the order as per the wish of Ms. Hmue Yadanar Khat Moh Moh Tun.
The lawyer said, “the court sentenced to 10 years in prison. According to the wish of Ms. Hmue Yadanar, we will not appeal the order. She said she doesn’t want to appeal. There is no more case to face again. Her health isn’t in a good condition, she cannot move her body like a healthy person.”
The junta council hit and cracked down a protest rally by car on Pann Pin Gyi street, Kyimyindaing township, on December 5, 2021. During the crackdown, a local of 11 people were forcibly abducted: two journalists including Ms. Hmue Yadanar Khat Moh Moh Tun and nine youths.
As Ms. Hmue Yadanar Khat Moh Moh Tun was abducted by hitting with car, she still can’t move her body normally.
156 journalists have been abducted since the coup. Among them, 105 journalists have been released and over 50 journalists are still in prison. Freelance photographer Mr. Soe Naing was murdered during the interrogation.