The Tatmadaw (military) has filed charges in Buthidaung township court against a 27-year-old primary school teacher who was arrested in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung township on Tuesday under the Counter-Terrorist Law, a township education official says.
The teacher, U Nay Lin Zaw, has also been remanded for two weeks, said U Win Hlaing, deputy head of the Buthidaung Township Education Office..
“We tried to see U Nay Lin Zaw this morning (Wednesday) but we were not permitted to see him. The military authorities said they need to question him, and just gave us a note about the charges against him,” U Win Hlaing said.
He added that the military revealed that U Nay Lin Zaw was arrested by members of Division 22, and was transferred to the Border Guard Force.
“On Wednesday, his family, head of the township education office, and head of district education office asked the Border Guard Force for permission to see him but they were refused access during the investigation,” said U Kyaw Thant, the teacher’s father.
U Nay Zaw Lin is a native of Rathedaung.
He had been working as a primary school teacher in Pyin Chaung village near Buthidaung since 2017.
At the time of his detention, he had been teaching students who had fled to a monastery in Kyar Nyo Pyin village due to fighting between the military and ethnic armed groups.
He was arrested on August 6 by the military while he was returning to Kyar Nyo Pyin village from Tha Yat Pyin village, said State Hluttaw MP U Tun Aung Thein.
“When villagers told me that a teacher had been arrested, I immediately informed the general administrator and education head about the matter. Currently, we are not allowed to meet with the teacher,” U Tun Aung Thein said.
Attempts to reach a military spokesperson for comment about the arrest were unsuccessful. It is believed that this is the first time a government servant has been arrested in Rakhine.
About 90 people had been arrested under various charges since fighting broke out between the military and the Arakan Army in January. Of those arrested, 36 are being investigated, eight were released, 45 have been charged, and three sentenced, according to a military statement in June.