Canadian preacher David Lah sentenced to 3 months behind bars for violating coronavirus rules in Myanmar. He held a religious gathering in April.
Lah’s attorney Aung Kyi Win said the court found his client guilty of violating a portion of the country’s Natural Disaster Management Law, which has barred gatherings during the pandemic.
The charges against the 43-year-old preacher arose after authorities found video evidence on social media of him holding religious services amid the virus outbreak.
Local court in the Mayangone Township of Myanmar on Thursday sentenced a Christian preacher and his colleague for three months for violating restrictions imposed on organising public function in the wake of Corona pandemic.
Myanmar banned mass gatherings since March, but the two pastors organized religious gatherings in Yangon’s Insein and Mayangone townships in late March and early April.
The preacher David Lah is a Myanmar born Canadian citizen.
Later the preacher David Lah and dozens of people who participated in the service organised by him tested Coron positive.
A case was registered against him and others under the Natural Disaster Management Law of Myanmar which carries a punishment upto 3 years for violating its provisions. Police arrested the pastor on May 20 after he finished his post-recovery quarantine period.
Myanmar has so far not seen a major outbreak of Coronavirus in the country with just 357 infections and six deaths so far.
According to the population data published by UNFPA in 2016 Christians are the second largest religious community in Myanmar. They constitute about 6.3 percent of the Budhist dominated population of Myanmar.