myanmar - Criminal Law

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Criminal cases cannot be withdrawn easily even if there’s an amicable settlement between the litigants as these can only be withdrawn by prosecutors acting on behalf of the state, said U Aung Win, Advocate General of Mandalay Region.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

Two Leaders of ‘illegal’ Church get Three Years’ Jail

Two leaders of the “illegal” New Paradise Baptist Church have been sentenced to three years in prison by Kyounpyaw township court, officials said Tuesday.
Date: 09 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Whistle-Blower Police Officer gets One-Year Jail Sentence

A police captain who testified in court that the two jailed journalists of the Reuters news agency were framed by the police has been sentenced to a year in prison for violating the Police Disciplinary Act.
Date: 01 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

NLD sanctions Three MPs for Financial Violations

The NLD Central Executive Committee has imposed sanctions against three of the party’s legislators who violated procedures related to financial issues, a NLD spokesman told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 25 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Soldiers get 10 Years for Inn Din Killings

Seven Tatmadaw (military) soldiers have been sentenced to 10 years in civilian prison for their involvement in the summary execution of 10 people suspected of being members of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in northern Rakhine State last year.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Anti-Corruption Body says it gets 600 Complaints a Month

The Anti-Corruption Commission receives about 600 letters complaining about mismanagement of state funds every month, said members of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Saturday.
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Local Internet Users Easy Prey to Cyber Crime: Experts

Ma Khim Myat kept staring at the beautiful skirt on her computer screen, her mind torn between whether to make an online purchase or not.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Kyaikto Judge, Lawyer charged with Bribery

A township judge and a lawyer have been charged with corruption for allegedly soliciting bribes from a plaintiff and then ruling in favour of the accused after the other party paid more in bribes, the Anti Corruption Commission said in a statement.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Death Penalty not enough to end Child Rape: Groups

Ko Hlaing Myo Zin has taken solace from the death sentence meted out by the court to the man who raped and killed his two-year-old girl.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Court Sends former Child Soldier to jail

Former child soldier Aung Ko Htway was sentenced by a lower court on Wednesday to two years’ imprisonment and manual labour for sharing his experiences as a child soldier in the Tatmadaw (armed forces) on a local radio station.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay Court sentences Man to die for Child Rape

A Mandalay court has sentenced to death a man for raping a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Madaya township last month, amid a growing outcry for capital punishment of child molesters.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MOC mulls lifting Temporary Ban on Re-exporting Sugar

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is considering lifting a temporary ban on re-exporting sugar to boost Myanmar’s exports in the coming fiscal year, said U Yan Naing Tun, Director General of the Department of Trade under the MOC.
Date: 16 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

European Union urges Myanmar to act against Illegal Wildlife Trade

The European Union (EU) has urged the government to take urgent action to end the illegal wildlife trade in domestic and border markets.
Date: 02 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Activist Monk jailed Three Months for US Embassy Protest

A local court has sentenced a monk, who was among the leaders of a protest at the US Embassy last year, to three months’ jail.
Date: 23 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Jailed Reporters’ Lawyer doubts Testimony of Prosecution Witnesses

Defence lawyers on Wednesday noted discrepancies in the testimonies of prosecution witnesses in the trial of two Reuters journalists on charges of possession classified documents that carries a penalty of up to 14 years’ imprisonment.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Reyes, Tejano-Ang Wrap up JBC Interview for CJ Post

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De Castro to revive Key Reform Projects once picked as CJ

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Bersamin: No Pressure Felt from Gov't in Rulings on Cases

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday said he has never felt any pressure from other government branches in rendering decisions on various cases.

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Court of Appeal Judge reprimanded by His Superior over Dissenting Judgment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – A Court of Appeal Judge has today disclosed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment in unilateral conversion of M.Indira Gandhi case two years ago.

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Judicial Activism has Led to Renaissance in Administrative Law, says Academician

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) – There is more judicial activism now which has led to a renaissance in administrative law, according to an academician.

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

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