Monk Charged With Defamation Surrenders to Police in Myanmar

A Buddhist monk sought by authorities for defaming Myanmar’s top military commander on Facebook turned himself in to police on Friday and was quickly released on bail.

U Thawbita, the founder of a charity in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, had been sued on Sept. 22 under Article 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Act for his online posts criticizing military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the role of the country’s powerful military in politics.

Dozens of monks and activists from the 88 Generation Open Society Group were present at the Amarapura township police station to show their support for Thawbita, who was away from his monastery in Amarapura when police came looking for him, sources said.

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