Children arrested in Sagaing on suspicion of theft

Children arrested in Sagaing on suspicion of theft

A group of children suspected of theft was arrested in Kale, Sagaing Division, on Wednesday after police found them in possession of stolen goods.

The six children were reportedly aged between 13 and 16 years old, but in some cases looked significantly younger.

The town’s police deputy superintendent, Captain Win Htut, told DVB that an adult was subsequently arrested in connection with the case.

“Police officers went to Tat-U Thida Ward around 6 pm on [23 March] to investigate a separate crime when they found this group of children,” he said.

“The officers became suspicious, and that’s when they discovered the stolen items.”

Another officer said that the six boys were being held for further questioning, but no decision had been made about what to do with them.

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“As they are young, underage children, we don’t know yet if we should press charges against them,” he said.

Under Burma’s 1993 Child Law, the age of criminal responsibility in the country is just seven years. The law was revised in 2012, but it was unclear whether the age at which a child could be charged with a crime had been raised.

Reporting by Min Ye Sitt Naing

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