Frenchman arrested for flying drone over Myanmar parliament: embassy

By AFP
Published: February 11, 2019
Email
The French tourist tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal under Myanmar law. PHOTO: AFP

The French tourist tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal under Myanmar law. PHOTO: AFP

YANGON: A French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, the French embassy confirmed on Monday.

The man tried to fly a drone over the government building, which is illegal under Myanmar law.

Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.

“A French man, on a visit to Myanmar, was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament,” the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Naypyidaw.

His family had been informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release, it added.

It was unclear why he was flying the drone and Myanmar authorities were not available for comment.

Facebook targets ‘dangerous’ armed groups in latest Myanmar bans

In 2017, journalists Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.

Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar’s aircraft act.

Facebook Conversations

Leave Your Reply Below

Your comments may appear in The Express Tribune paper. For this reason we encourage you to provide your city. The Express Tribune does not bear any responsibility for user comments.

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see our Comments FAQ.

More in World