Myanmar Military Says That They DId Not Participate In Kidnapping Plot In US

According to state media, Myanmar’s military played no role in the alleged plot to attack the country’s UN ambassador, who has defied the military and supported the pro-democracy movement. The country’s foreign ministry has called for his extradition.
Despite the military’s insistence that he no longer represent Myanmar at the world body in New York after its coup in February, Kyaw Moe Tun made headlines.
U.S. prosecutors said last week that they had charged two Myanmar citizens in relation to an alleged plot to hire hitmen to force him to resign or, if he refused, kill him.
In the military rulers’ first comment on the case, the state-backed Myanmar newspaper Global New Light said on Tuesday that Myanmar had nothing to do with the incident.
“The alleged plot … took place within the borders of the United States.”
It added that actions should be taken in accordance with the law of the land.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, said the plot fitted a “disturbing pattern” of authoritarian leaders and their supporters attempting to persecute their opponents on a global scale.
The US stands in solidarity with Kyaw Moe Tun and commends his “remarkable courage and courage”.
Myanmar’s foreign ministry, however, said it “strongly rejects” Thomas Greenfield’s statement.
Phyo Hein Htut, 28, and Ye Hein Zaw, 20, are facing charges in federal court in which they could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
Phyo Hein Htut was in contact with an arms dealer in Thailand who had dealings with military officials in Myanmar, according to prosecutors.
According to the criminal complaint, the arms dealer discussed hiring assailants for the plot, which involved forcing the ambassador’s car to crash.

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