Maungdaw, Arakan State: Dr. Tun Aung was transferred to Sittwe prison and his trial is still continuing for the remaining charges, said a relative of the victim.
Dr. Tun Aung is a 65-year-old medical doctor who is also a chairman of the Islamic Religious Affairs Council of Maungdaw,Burma. He was arrested and accused of fuelling the communal riots in his hometown: Maungdaw, Rakhine State. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison and also charged with six other different counts including under the Myanmar Wireless Telegraphs Act for having a mobile phone with a SIM card from Bangladesh.
Dr. Tun Aung is a respected community leader who has been arrested and jailed for political reasons. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison under the Section 24 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act for having 100 Chinese Yuan in his wallet, which was given to him by his daughter as a present.
He was arrested in June 2012 as part of the Burmese government’s efforts to arrest and detain Muslim community leaders to stop them from talking to international observers and journalists said a fried of the victim.
He is suffering from pituitary tumor and needs regular medication but he has been denied medical treatment. He is being kept in a small prison cell with no sanitation and ventilation. His family members are gravely concerned about his health but they are not allowed to visit him in prison.
The military-backed government in Burma still continues to use torture and arbitrary arrest against its civilians despite carrying out a limited reform process in the country, according to Anna, Burma Campaign UK.