An Arakanese activist wanted on a charge of sedition was arrested on Wednesday afternoon when he walked into a courthouse in Rangoon in an attempt to post bail.
Pho Thar, the secretary of the nationalist group Arakan Youth Organisation (AYO), was charged under Article 505(b) of the Burmese penal code last month for his alleged role in organising anti-Rohingya demonstrations.
“Pho Thar went to Bahan township court to post bail, but it didn’t go well. He was detained by Bahan police and taken to Insein prison,” said Aung Thein, the chief editor of Thazin Pankhine news journal.
Pho Thar is also the chief reporter at Thazin Pankhine.
Aung Thein said Pho Thar has been appointed a court hearing on 31 May.
Last year, Pho Thar was charged under the Peace Procession and Peaceful Assembly Law for organising an anti-Rohingya rally outside of a designated protest area.