Five Arakanese monks arrested with illegal stimulants in southern Burma
Five young Arakanese monks were arrested on 13 June by Burmese authorities in the border town of
They were arrested after authorities found them in possession of a small number yama stimulant tablets, reported an Arakanese resident from Kaw Thoung.
The monks were identified as U Mani Zawta, U Wanna Theri, U Nanda, U Wi Sitta, U Zarnay Nya. All five monks are from Aung Dama Ryittha monastery, located in downtown Kaw Thoung.
The Burmese authorities seized about 200 tablets of the stimulant yama, 3000 Thai baht, and over 100 Burmese national identity cards from the arrested men.
According to a source, the monks are being detained in the Kaw Thoung police station, and are currently undergoing police interrogations.
The incident occurred while the abbot of the monastery was away visiting
For further information, please contact Narinjara:
Phone: 880 189 42 55 36 (Mobile)
Full Narinjara archive in the Online Burma/Myanmar Library at http://www.burmalibrary.org/show.php?cat=1250&lo=d&sl=0 and
partial archive at