Businessman accused of ARSA links released


YANGON — A prominent businessman, arrested earlier this year for alleged links to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, has been released from prison in Rakhine State, his lawyer has confirmed.

U Aung Zaw Win, chairman of Shine Construction, was arrested at Yangon International Airport in February before he was due to board a flight for Thailand. He was held on charges related to murder and grievous body harm, his lawyer, U Thinkhar Kyaw, told Frontier by telephone on Thursday.

Thinkhar Kyaw said his client was released on Wednesday following a trial that included 21 witnesses.

An article published on the Newswatch Facebook page said the trial took place at Maungdaw district court.

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Aung Zaw Win was a lawmaker in the lower house for the Union Solidarity and Development Party between 2010 and 2015.

By Mratt Kyaw Thu

By Mratt Kyaw Thu

Mratt is a Senior Reporter at Frontier. He began his career at Unity Weekly Journal in 2010 and focuses on political reporting. In 2017 he won the Agence France-Presse Kate Webb prize for his coverage of ethnic strife in Myanmar.
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