February 09, 2017

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FOUR IN CUSTODY — Two more suspects arrested for a crime that has shocked the nation

The four suspects are pictured with the murder weapons at Zabuthiri Myoma Police Station in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
The four suspects are pictured with the murder weapons at Zabuthiri Myoma Police Station in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Police arrested two men accused of the murder and gang-rape of a couple in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning after they were turned in by family members.
Myanmar News Agency said that Zaw Lay, 22, and 16-year-old Maung Myo (alias Myo Zaw Win) are being held with the other two suspects at Zabuthiri Myoma Police Station in the capital’s Zabu Thiri Township.
Aung Tin Myo (alias Aung Paing), 20, and Kyaw Maung (alias Zaw Zaw Aung), 19, were arrested on Wednesday.
The four men were under the influence of alcohol when they saw the victims, both 16, and demanded that they stop their motorbike outside Junction Centre, which is near Nay Pyi Taw’s diplomatic neighbourhood.
After being held at knifepoint, the male victim was stabbed and bludgeoned with a motorbike exhaust pipe and his fiancé was gang-raped at around 1am on 30 September in Dekkhinathiri Township.
The female victim, who like the deceased is not being named in the media, managed to escape and ran to a security guard for help, The Irrawaddy reported yesterday.
The couple lived in the village of Thabyaybin in neighboring Lewe Township and reportedly planned to marry in the near future.
Although Myanmar has the death penalty for first degree murder, in 2014 all death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and there have been no known executions since 1989.
The suspects also face a 10-year sentence for rape.
Women’s groups told Reuters in September 2014 that the colonial-era Penal Code needs to be updated to define crimes such as rape with greater precision. The drafting of the Anti-Violence Against Women Law by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is near completion. The new law is widely supported by women’s rights activists, as it is expected to lead to more prosecutions in cases involving violence against women.
According to the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force, 470 rape cases were filed in the first half of 2014: more recent data is unavailable.

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