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A spokesman for the National Planning and Administration Council said that the prosecution of Toru Kubota, a Japanese citizen who participated.
On August 17th, at the press conference of the State Planning and Administration Council’s press release group held at the Ministry of Information, Kubota, a Japanese citizen, was arrested and detained during the protest, under Article 505 (a). General Zaw Min Tun responded to a reporter’s question about the matter as there were reports that he would be released after being charged with visa violations.
“I just said it clearly. We are working to prosecute him. The number one case is visa violation; Case number two is 505. In this protest. Number three is electronic, which has not yet been prosecuted. Among them, we have filed a lawsuit for visa violation. Number two, we are working on a lawsuit. Case number three is still under investigation. So release, Not releasing will happen only after that case,” Major General Zaw Min Tun said.
He said that Kubota, a Japanese citizen who was arrested in the protest, entered Myanmar with a tourist visa. He had previously sneaked into Rakhine with a tourist visa and then filmed a short story about a humanitarian traveler and aired it in Japan.
Major General Zaw Min Tun said, “If we were to go back to the roots, he had sneaked into Myanmar in the same way before. After sneaking in, he crossed over from there, then went to the Bengali side, then went to Rakhine. We haven’t recovered anything from them yet,” he said.
In the past, a Japanese journalist was detained during a protest, but he was not protesting, but taking pictures from the side. Major General Zaw Min Tun said that he was released because he had a Japanese journalist’s visa and was an incoming reporter.
“Therefore, as the Prime Minister, I will say the same thing that I said to the member of the House of Representatives. There is no excuse for this Japanese person. Even the crimes committed by the Japanese against Burma during the Second World War are still covered up. However, as a Japanese, he must be prosecuted by law. Must be judged,” General Zaw Min Tun said.
On July 1, 2022, Japanese citizen Toru Kubota entered Yangon, Myanmar via Thailand with a tourist visa. About 15 people participated in the protest by phone. He was detained while being recorded by cameras. On July 29, he testified that he contacted the participants of the protest and made an appointment at the place where the protest will take place, according to the press release of the NAS on August 4.
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