UPDATE: The presiding judge sentenced Dutch tourist Klaas Haytema to 3 months imprisonment this afternoon for disrupting a religious assembly, the minimum sentence under section 296 of the criminal code. Haytema was also handed an additional 6 month term or the payment of a K100,000 fine for immigration-related offences, which he opted to pay.
New pagoda additions to ancient Bagan will be demolished, archaeology experts said. The newer structures are believed to be an earthquake hazard with their extra weight and proclivity to toppling, putting the heritage zone at risk.
UPDATE: The presiding judge opened proceedings this morning for the criminal prosecution of Dutch tourist Klass Haytema under criminal code section 295 for intentional insult to religious beliefs. Mr Haytema is being prosecuted for unplugging an amplifier that was broadcasting a Buddhist dhamma sermon on September 23.
The Sagaing Region government has dispersed more than K600 million (US$478,000) to poultry breeders since an April outbreak of bird flu forced health officials to cull tens of thousands of chickens in Monywa township, according to U Kyi Lwin Oo, deputy chair of the Sagaing Region Livestock Federation.
Villagers have been reprimanded over an unsanctioned protest staged outside the Mandalay Region government’s office last week. The Thabeikkyin township residents were seeking a meeting with the chief minister over gold mines they allege have encroached on village territory over the last few years with environmentally disastrous effects.
Three more witnesses have given evidence in the trial of Dutch tourist Klaas Haytema, who was arrested last week on immigration violations and charges of offending religious sentiment after he unplugged an amplifier used to broadcast a dhamma sermon.
Three witnesses gave testimony in Mandalay yesterday at the trial of Dutch tourist Klaas Haytema, who was arrested last week on charges of offending religious sentiments after he unplugged an amplifier used by monks to broadcast a dhamma sermon.