Police have begun to look for Dr Than Tun Aung, the CEO of Daily Eleven and Eleven Media Group, after he failed to appear in a police station yesterday by the deadline stated in the summons issued to him.
“We started to carry out our police work in line with the rules and regulations, as he failed to come to the police station by 4pm,” said Police Lt-Col Myint Htwe.
Dr Than Tun Aung was sued under the telecommunications law by the Yangon Region cabinet for writing and publishing an article titled, “One year after the election,” in the 6 November issue of Daily Eleven. The opinion piece accused Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein of “rosy relations with corrupt officials” and of wearing a US$100,000 worth Patek Philippe watch that was described as a gift from a convicted drugs lord. The article was tantamount to damaging the reputation of the regional government, according to the lawsuit.
U Maung Weik, who was accused of giving the expensive Patek Philippe watch to Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on Dr Than Tun Aung’s Facebook page, appeared at the police station today to receive interrogation by the police.
“On social media, stories have circulated about a newly elected chief minister, making just US$2,500 [S$3,500] a month, being seen wearing a US$100,000 Patek Philippe watch,” read the English version, published by the Asia News Network.
In the press conference held on the evening of 9 November at the cabinet’s office, U Phyo Min Thein said, “As Dr Than Tun Aung didn’t stop writing till this morning, the cabinet sued him for libel action at Tamwe township police station.”
U Phyo Min Thein reiterated at the press conference that the watch he wears is a Rolex bought by his wife, not a Patek Phillipe as described by Dr Than Tun Aung.
The region cabinet prosecuted the accused at Tamwe Police Station with case No. Pa 893/2016 under section 66 (D) of the telecommunications law.—Ko Moe