Sagaing Region resident sentenced to 10 years for allegedly financing a PDF

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A resident of the Sagaing region has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on anti-terrorism charges for allegedly giving the equivalent of US$2.30 to a People’s Defense Force (PDF).

On November 22, a junta court convicted 27-year-old Aye Thiri, a resident of Hkamti Municipality, under Section 50(j) of the Anti-Terrorism Act for providing 5,000 Kyats to the PDF through the Kpay money transfer system.

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

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She was seized and detained at her home by police and soldiers on February 21 this year Hkamti district police station until her appearance in court.

The anti-terrorism law that came into effect in 2014 was amended on August 1, 2021 by the State Council.

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

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On March 29 this year, a court convicted 19-year-old Saung Hnin Phyu from Dawei Township, Tanintharyi Region, and also charged her with supporting PDFs through Kpay.

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