NLD spokesperson’s trial begins in Naypyidaw

NLD spokesperson’s trial begins in Naypyidaw

The National League for Democracy’s spokesperson and campaign committee manager Nyan Win stood in trial yesterday over alleged false claims he issued concerning voter fraud in April’s by-elections.

On Tuesday, Zabuthiri township’s court in Naypyidaw commenced the legal proceedings and judges heard the prosecutor’s opening arguments.

“[The court] heard the prosecutors’ accounts today, but set the next [court date] for July 6th,” said Nyan Win’s lawyer Kyaw Ho.

“U Nyan Win was sued for allegedly providing false information that ballots were waxed. We’ve been preparing for this for a long time. We argued that he didn’t provide any false information.”

During the April by-elections, the NLD’s spokesperson claimed ballots had been tampered with at a polling station in Pubbathiri.

After investigating the allegation, the Union Election Commission announced on 9 May that the NLD’s complaints were a ‘sham’ and filed charges against Nyan Win.

The UEC’s director Thaung Hlaing filed suit against the NLD’s Nyan Win under section 182 of the penal code: for providing false information to a public servant and for making a claim in a press conference during the 1 April by-elections that ballot-tickets in several polling stations were coated in wax.

If found guilty, Nyan Win could be imprisoned for up to six months or fined.

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