(News) Myanmar Soldiers Tortured and Killed Detainee in Mrauk U, Rakhine State

Ko Zaw Free, 27, arrested, tortured, and killed by LIB 377 in Mark U on April 29. 

Sittway. April 30, 2020.
Myanmar soldier based in Mark U-Light Infantry Battalion 377 arrested 27 years old Ko Zaw Gree at Ngwe Taung Buck check point, an entrance of town,  at 4 PM yesterday. 

He was immediately taken to the military base and then tortured and killed. Local charity organization took his body from the military base and transported to Mrauk U hospital for autopsy exam this morning at 11 AM.

“He was very bad shape. His face was swollen and his body had many marks of wounded, beaten, and stabbed. The body was wrapped up with blanket,” said U Kyaw Kyaw, head of Mrauk U Charity Organization.

The charity worker went to the military base 377 assisted by the police to take the body back the hospital today at 11 AM. 

Ko Zaw Gree lived in Lake Sin Pyin village, Mrauk U township, and ran a motorbike repair shop at home.  

He went to the town to buy fork crowns yesterday evening and got arrested. Then the family cut off the phone connection after he was taken to the military base. 

His father in law U San Tun Pru told our news agency, “He is an ordinary man and earns from motorbike repairing for living. He has a 3 years old daughter.” 

The LIB 377 is very notorious for arresting, torturing, and killing civilians while in custody. They have arrested and killed half dozen villagers at their base.

Outgoing UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee called for fresh investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity into Tatatmadaw for possibly committing numerous crimes in Rakhine and Chin states.  

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