Frenchman arrested for flying drone over parliament: embassy


YANGON — A French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, the French embassy confirmed Monday.

The man tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal under Myanmar law.

Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.

Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.

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“A French man, on a visit to Myanmar, was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament,” the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Nay Pyi Taw.

His family had been informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release, it added.

It was unclear why he was flying the drone and Myanmar authorities were not available for comment.

In 2017, journalists Mr Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Ms Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Ko Aung Naing Soe and driver U Hla Tin.

Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.

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