NINE members of the United League of Arakan ULA/AA are facing criminal charges for violating Sections 50 (j) and 52 (a) of The Counter-Terrorism Law for establishing ULA/AA groups and providing support to said group engaged in acts threatening the rule of law, according to Myanmar Police Force.
The suspects include the former leader of the Singapore-based ULA/AA group, Aung Myat Kyaw (a) Tun Aung Naing, and were deported by the Singaporean Ministry of Home Affairs on 10 July for organizing a 10th Anniversary event for the ULA/ AA on 7 April without acquiring permission from relevant authorities. In addition, they also persuaded Rakhine workers in Singapore to donate money for the AA group. Myanmar police arrested the deported Aung Myat Kyaw and related members on 12 July for interrogation.
According to MPF, the Singapore-based ULA/AA group was established in 2015 and Aung Myat Kyaw, who is also the younger brother of AA leader Tun Myat Naing, joined the group a year later together with three other men identified as Tun Aye, Than Htun Naing and Soe Soe. Their group collected funds for the ULA/AA headquarters, purchased drone cameras, computers and other technology from Singapore and delivered them to AA family members and supporters in monasteries of MraukU, Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun and Minbya townships.
Aung Myat Kyaw also opened the website ulanews.com to assist ULA/AA and formed a WhatsApp group named Blooded Brother and a Viber group named ULA/AA World to provide news in real time. Their group also persuaded and recruited people to join AA and sent them to the AA head-quarters in Laiza. They began gathering Rakhine workers in Singapore on April 2017 and held anniversaries for the formation of the ULA/AA and events concerning the supposed fall of Rakhine sovereignty. Tun Myat Naing would also deliver live speeches via Skype at these events. One of the events in 2017 was attended by the leader of the Thai-based ULA/AA group Aye Tun (a) Tun Min Naing, Kyaw Han from the AA group, and a few Rakhine writers from Myanmar who proceeded to organize and gather support for the group there. They also ridiculed the Union government and Tatmadaw of Myanmar in certain performances. In addition, the Arakan Association Singapore (AASG) was established in 2011 and appointed Hein Zaw as its Chairman and Aye Myat Mon as Vice-Chairman earlier in April this year in a 17-member group. They persuaded Rakhine workers in Singapore to donate to the ULA/AA. For these reasons, Aung Myat Kyaw and eight other related suspects have been sued at the Yangon Western District Court. Police are continuing investigations for additional co-conspirators.
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)
Ref: The Global New Light of Myanmar