A MAN from the Netherlands, charged under section 4 (2) and 13 (1) of the Myanmar Immigration Act, appeared in Maha Aungmyay Court in Mandalay yesterday.
Charges were filed against the man following his arrest for unplugging cables connected to an amplifier at Thusarita Dhammayon, a religious hall in Yadanabummi East Ward of Maha Aungmyay Township in Mandalay, where recitations of religious verses were being blared on the night of 23 September.
The Immigration officer of the township said that the charge has been field against the man for violating tourist visa rules, adding that foreigners who visit Myanmar have to agree to follow the host country’s existing laws, religious traditions and customs during their visa application process.
Mr Klaas Haytema, the Dutch man, aged 30, was staying at the Four Rivers Hotel situated near the hall. He said that he did not deliberately ‘insult religion’ by unplugging the offending speaker and that he did not know that the hall was a religious building.
The defendant arrived in Mandalay on 20 September via Kunming, China, using a visa he had applied online, said the head of the Maha Aungmyay Township Immigration Department.
Aung Thant Khaing