Two executive members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Lewe Township have been detained by police after being sued under Article 66(d) of the Telecommunications Act.
“U Kyaw Myo Lwin was arrested because he shared other person’s post on Facebook,” said his father.
Kyaw Myo Lwin was charged for “online defamation” under Burma’s controversial Telecommunications Act after he “shared” a Facebook post that his colleague, Thet The Maw, had in turn “shared”. The post in question was a photograph taken of local administrator Tin Htay during his recent trial for misappropriation of public funds.
The case dates back to 2015-16, when parliament allotted six million kyat (US$4,400) in construction funds to Da Lant Chun village, to which Tin Htay is administrator.
“The money was for road construction and digging wells,” said Kyaw Myo Lwin’s father, speaking to DVB on Thursday. “But the village administrator was corrupt. My son assisted some villagers in filing a suit against him.
“During the trial, Tin Htay’s photo was taken and posted on social media. Another person posted it. Kyaw Myo Lwin simply shared the post. Then the police came and told him that by sharing the post, he had contravened Article 66(d).”
Thet The Maw was also charged. The suit was apparently filed at Lewe police station in Naypyidaw Union Territory by Tin Htay’s uncle.
Kyaw Myo Lwin and Thet Thet Maw appeared before Lewe court for their first hearing on 20 and 21 July, respectively. Bail requests were to be submitted to the court, Kyaw Myo Lwin’s father said.