NLD youth stabbed in Rangoon brawl

A member of the opposition National League for Democracy youth wing is in hospital in Rangoon after being stabbed in the lung during a fight last week.

The incident happened during a brawl between Soe Myat Thu and a friend, and three other men, one of whom is an army captain, according to NLD lawyer Nyan Win. There is no suggestion that the stabbing was politically-motivated.

“On June 4 around 9pm in the evening, there was a fight between two groups of three youths each – we don’t know the details on how it happened,” Nyan Win said, adding that Soe Myat Thu was placed in intensive care in Rangoon General Hospital after the blade punctured his lung.

Nyan Win said that the man carrying the knife “has a criminal record and spent some time in prison”.

The suspect is currently being detained at Rangoon’s Mingalartaungnyunt township police station. The NLD has urged the government to allow it access to information on the case and also to ensure legal procedures are followed during the handling of the incident.

“We want facts and information regarding the case. It will take some time until we can prosecute the man. The coroner’s report plays an important role here – the police are waiting for it,” said Nyan Win.

“The police have already opened a case and are looking for suspects – they have caught one.”

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