(New York) The American judiciary announced on Friday that it had charged two Burmese nationals with their plan to attack Burma’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a supporter of the pro-democracy movement who has stood up despite injunctions from the junta had refused to resign.
Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm Updated at 5:24 pm
As part of this project, which was foiled by American investigators, the two defendants had mentioned hiring assailants to force Kyaw Moe Tun to resign or, if he refused, to kill him.
The two men “planned to seriously injure or kill the Burmese ambassador to the United Nations in a planned attack by a foreign official on American soil,” said Audrey Strauss, federal prosecutor for the southern district of New York .
FBI assistant director Jacqueline Maguire said federal police acted “swiftly and diligently” after hearing of the possible assassination attempt that was planned in a northern suburb of New York City.
According to court records, the FBI received information about the conspiracy on Tuesday.
“Our laws apply to everyone in this country, and these men will now face the consequences of allegedly breaking these laws,” said Ms. Maguire.
The suspects Phyo Hein Htut (28) and Ye Hein Zaw (20) have been tried in a federal court and face up to five years in prison.
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Her connections to the junta remain unclear. Prosecutors said Phyo Hein Htut had contact with an arms dealer who was negotiating with the Burmese army from Thailand.
The two chatted on FaceTime while Phyo Hein Htut was in the offices of the Burmese Mission to the United Nations in New York, according to the complaint.
The arms dealer mentioned hiring henchmen for the attack, which sabotaged the ambassador’s car tires causing him to have an accident, the ad said.
The file contains photos of what appears to be a $ 4,000 payment made by Ye Hein Zaw to Phyo Hein Htut via the cell app, presented as an advance payment for the operation.
Kyaw Moe Tun made headlines after the February 1 coup by offering a three-fingered greeting to pro-democracy protesters from his UN headquarters as Burmese ambassador. He told AFP on Wednesday that his person was threatened and that he had been given more protection.
Burma has been in political chaos since the junta overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in February and accused it of fraud in the 2020 elections.
More than 900 people were killed in a bloody junta raid to suppress any protest, according to a local monitoring NGO.
Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing promised a new ballot “by August 2023” on Sunday.