December 13, 2017

Home Ministry pledges to bring terrorists to court

Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe.  Photo: MNA

Members of Parliament urged the Union Government yesterday to expose those involved in terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine and to take special measures in order to ensure the continued existence of ethnic villages as the villagers fled their villages due to terrorist attacks.
When discussing the motion at yesterday’s meeting of the Amyotha Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Soe pledged that those who involved in the terrorist attacks would be brought to court under criminal law.
A total of 466 cases have been opened in relation to attacks in Rakhine during 9 October 2016 and16 August 2017. Of these, 116 cases have been judged at court while 147 cares are still pending, said Maj-Gen Aung Soe.
Police are investigating 180 cases and have closed 23 cases, he added. Following the series of coordinated attacks last Friday, which were claimed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the Anti-Terrorism Central Committee declared ARSA a terrorist group.
Meanwhile, MP U Hla San of Constituency-1 in Magway Region, criticised the allegedly biased reports and news stories from some international media organisations, accusing them of fuelling the violence in northern Rakhine.

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