myanmar - Criminal Law

Life Imprisonment Penalty Set for Child Rape

The Myanmar government has amended the penal code to set a penalty of life imprisonment for rape of women and children.
Date: 29 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Sittwe Court jails Aye Maung for 22 Years

The ex-Arakan National Party chair U Aye Maung, who have resigned from the party, and author Wai Hin Aung have been sentenced to prison for 22 years each by the Sittwe district court in Rakhine State. The two will serve their sentences concurrently. The government charged the duo for high treason and public mischief after their public summon in Mra ...
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Four sentenced in Robbery, Death of University Student

Three men and a juvenile convicted of involvement in the murder of a university student during a robbery in Mandalay last year were sentenced to death or imprisonment by district and township courts on Wednesday.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amended Land Law could criminalize Millions, Obstruct Peace Talks

With less than two months before the newly amended Vacant, Fallow and Virgin Lands Management (VFV) Law goes into force, millions in ethnic rural areas now face the risk of eviction while others across the country may lose their lands upon return.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

'Justice System is regressing’: Court rejects Appeal by Reuters Reporters

Myanmar’s High Court has ruled to keep the two Reuters journalists in jail today, confirming their conviction and seven-year sentences of imprisonment on charges of breaking the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bago Court allows Former Migrant Worker in Fake Kyat case to post Bail

A Bago Region court on Thursday allowed a former maid from Singapore to post bail while facing trial for possession of counterfeit kyat banknotes, a senior state official said.
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court sentences Child Rapist to 20 Years in jail in Taunggyi

A Man who was found guilty of raping a child was sentenced to 20 years in jail with hard labour by Taunggyi Township Court in Shan State, according to a human rights group.
Date: 01 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court sentences Former Village Official for Bribery

A local court on Tuesday sentenced a former village official in Mon State to seven years in prison for bribery, court records showed.
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Malaysia sentences 130 Illegal Myanmar Workers to Prison

Of 156 Myanmar nationals who were rounded up during a crackdown on undocumented workers in Malaysia earlier this month, 130 have been sentenced to three months in prison, a Myanmar diplomat said.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

National Anti-Drug Strategy set to be released Next Month

The country’s plan of action in the fight against illegal drugs will be announced in December, the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control said.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legal and Criminal Experts to study Rakhine Probe Findings

A group of legal, forensic and criminal investigation experts will analyse the information gathered by the independent commission of enquiry on northern Rakhine State, a member of the commission said.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Man gets Year in Jail for criticizing State Minister

A man who criticised the Mon State Chief Minister on social media has been sentenced to one year in prison, a Thaton township police official said.
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Corruption Panel fines Five over withdrawal of Celebrity Murder Case

The Anti-Corruption Commission Myanmar has fined four officials of the Advocate General’s Office of Yangon Region and a police officer for the withdrawal of the case in July against people suspected of murdering a Facebook celebrity.
Date: 14 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Protester sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

A nationalist activist who was among those charged with sedition for holding a protest against government officials has been sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison with manual labour.
Date: 30 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government ‘hasn’t relaxed Death Penalty’

The ruling government is not changing the way it deals with the death sentence in the country, Deputy Director of the Prisons Department U Min Tun Soe has told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay City Official sacked for asking for Bribe

An information officer of the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) was sacked for asking for a bribe and five other committee staff members and a police officer are under investigation for corruption, a senior city official said.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bill would raise Prison Time for Illegal Video Sellers

Nay Pyi Taw, June 5 (MMT) - Illegal distributors of videos will be punished with imprisonment and fines, according to the Television and Video Bill being debated in the Amyotha Hluttaw.
Date: 06 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Refugee Teacher jailed for Illegal Trip to Yangon

Yangon, June 1 (MMT) - For travelling without permission despite holding a National Verification Card issued by the government, a Muslim volunteer teacher has been sentenced to one year in prison by a court in Rakhine State.
Date: 01 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Only Prosecutors can withdraw Criminal Cases, says Official

Criminal cases cannot be withdrawn easily even if there’s an amicable settlement between the litigants as these can only be withdrawn by prosecutors acting on behalf of the state, said U Aung Win, Advocate General of Mandalay Region.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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SC suspends Work in Courts for Holy Week

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Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

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