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Sagaing region resident sentenced to 10 years for allegedly funding a PDF

A Sagaing region resident has been sentenced to ten years in prison under anti-terrorism charges for allegedly giving the equivalent of U.S. $2.30 to a People’s Defense Force (PDF).

On Nov. 22, a junta court sentenced Hkamti township resident Aye Thiri, 27, under Section 50 (j) of the Counter-Terrorism Act for providing 5,000 Kyats to the PDF via the Kpay money transfer system.

“It was unfair that she was arrested for donating money,” a family member told RFA Burmese.

“I want to appeal, but the appeal would not be successful, it would just cost money. I don’t know what to do. I just want her to be released,” they said, adding that the family are worried because Aye Thiri is in poor health and was unconscious at times during her arrest.

She was seized by police and soldiers at her home on Feb. 21, this year and was held at Hkamti district police station until her court appearance.

The Counter-Terrorism Law enacted in 2014 was amended by the State Administration Council on Aug. 1, 2021.

The post-coup amendment states that those who provide financial support to a terrorist organization can be sentenced to a minimum of three years and a maximum of life in prison and a fine.

On March 29, this year a court sentenced 19-year-old Saung Hnin Phyu from Dawei township, in Tanintharyi region, also accusing her of supporting PDFs via Kpay.

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