Myanmar Military Officer Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Monk

A Myanmar military officer has filed a defamation lawsuit against a Buddhist monk known for founding a charity organization in the central city of Mandalay, for posting comments on social media that were critical of the country’s top defense commander and the armed forces.

Lieutenant Colonel Myo Khaing Win of the military’s Central Command filed the complaint at the Amarapura township police station on Sept. 22 requesting that legal action be taken against Thawbita under Article 66(d) of the 2013 Telecommunications Act for his posts on Facebook criticizing military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the role of the country’s powerful military in politics.

“The headquarters of Central Command prosecuted U [honorific] Thawbita on Sept. 17, but he is still on the run,” said San Win, chief of the Amarapura police station in Mandalay region. “As police officers, we have to do our job when someone files a complaint against another person.”

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