A protest will be launched on the suspension of lawsuit against Rakhine state chief immigration officer

  • Written by Narinjara
  • Published in Narinjara

U Win Lwin, chief immigration officer of Rakhine State Immigration Office, has been accused by U Aung Than Wai, Sittwe Township Party Secretary of the Arakan National Party, for abusing legal directive of the 1982 Citizenship Law. Even though U Aung Than Wai has made lawsuit against the Rakhine state chief immigration officer, it was delayed so far. As a result, there will be a movement collecting people’s support in order to protest the suspension process of the judiciary, U Aung Than Wai told The Narinjara News.

The case is that a Bingali woman named Mya Nanda Khin whose parents are not Myanmar citizens from Bu-thee-taung township was issued the national registration card No. 11/BaThaTa (Naing) 048157 on 3 February, 2016. As the issuance of the NRC to Mya Nanda Khin is illegal according to the section 19 of the 1982 Citizenship Law, U Aung Than Wai and group made lawsuit against U Win Lwin at the Sittwe Police Station.

U Kyaw Hla Tun, the attorney general of the Rakhine state, did not send the related lawsuit documents submitted by the accused as yet.  Previously, he has already said to send advice on the related lawsuit documents within seven days for proceedings.

“U Kyaw Hla Tun, the attorney general of the Rakhine state, has promised all of us – 9-member group of the accused, the state chief minister U Nyi Pu, border affairs minister U Htein Lin and the chief police officer of the Rakhine state – to send legal advice on the lawsuit within seven days,” U Aung Than Wai told  Narinjara News.

In addition, U Aung Than Wai said, “There were no legal suggestion for long time. The legal advisory team’s authoritative persons themselves seem no respect on the rule of law. There is a regulation in the Penal Codes which says the legal advisory team must give suggestion immediately or within seven days when the working group for proceedings submitted the court case. To be frank, the state officials are backing up the defendant.”  

Concerning with the said case, the lawsuit was registered by case number (16/77/2016) at the Sittwe Myoma Police Station and the related case file has been reached at the state attorney general desk for about one month. The state chief minister promised that he will ask for the issued number of Mya Nanda Khin’s case when U Aung Than Wai met him on 5 December.

Although the Narinjara tried to call the Rakhine state immigration chief officer by phone, no one answer the call.

Translated by Zin Linn