TANINTHARYI DIVISION – The junta council reportedly charged the father of Mr. Min Lwin Oo, a member of the Dawei District Democracy Movement Strike Committee, under Section 505 (a) for defaming the state.
The sixty-five years old Mr. Aung Pe, father of public strike leader Mr. Min Lwin Oo, was filed a lawsuit at Launglon District Court.
“The family was told to come and see him yesterday (August 13) so some went to see him. Junta troops said that they would allow the family to meet him when the lawsuit was filed. So, it is possible that the lawsuit was filed yesterday,” Mr. Min Lwin Oo said.
Mr. Aung Pe was detained on June 19 at his home in Pyinhtein Village, Launglon Township, when junta troops raided the house and claimed to have found a student union wristband and a strike jacket.
Mr. Min Lwin Oo said that the items did not belong to his father, he was arrested and prosecuted unjustly.
“I am not an underage child. When I do something I believe, the consequences have nothing to do with my parents. But for the junta regime it is usual to harm the parents when the children couldn’t be found. I feel bad because my father suffered in my stead,” Mr. Min Lwin Oo said.
The father is in poor health and was not allowed to see his family for almost 2 months after his detainment, and he was only allowed to see them for the first time on Sunday (August 13).
It is reported that he is still being detained at Launglon Myoma Police Station.
Previously in November 2021, the mother of Ms. Thiri Moe, the vice president of the Dawei University Student Union, was arrested and sentenced to 2 years in prison under section 505 (a).
The military council forces are detaining the parents in the stead of their children, and wives in their husband’s stead. In addition to taking (the relatives) as hostages to get the activists arrested for exchange, the parents of PDF members are reportedly killed when their children could not be arrested. These brutal war crimes are committed by junta troops throughout the country, including Tanintharyi Division.