Myanmar Court Adds 3 Months to Kachin Youth’s Sentence Over Protest

A young man in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state on Friday got three months added to a 15-day sentence for a public protest after he handed the sentencing judge a broken scale to underscore his distrust of the justice system.

Paul Lu and a young woman named Seng Nupan were sentenced to 15 days prison on Sept. 2 at Myitkyina township court in Kachin for staging a public demonstration about the plight of ethnic Kachin internally displaced by fighting in the resource rich state.

After the verdict was handed down, Lu gave a broken scale to the township judge to show that he had no faith in the judicial system.

Township judge Than Tun filed assaulting public servant charges against Lu and a second local judge, Tin Nwe Win sentenced him to three more months in jail.

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