By Maung Maung B. L. (Rangoon), LL. D. (Utrecht) (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9401500010

ISBN-13: 9789401500012

ISBN-10: 9401504571

ISBN-13: 9789401504577

Crime doesn't pay, and politics via assassination will pay even much less. that's probably the only sharp lesson which sticks out from the trial of U observed and his males for the homicide of Bogyoke Aung San and his colleagues. The trial is a historie one, and the murders absolutely altered the process Burma' s modem background. I current the judgement of the particular Tribunal in complete and the tale of the assassinations for the checklist, within the desire that they're going to serve historians and our peoples in Burma in numerous methods. Mr. ]ustice Mya Thein of the excessive court docket gave me the documents which he compiled of the trial whereas serving at the prosecution. That used to be many years in the past, and i've, on the grounds that then, desired to edit and post a ebook of the trial. Dr. Myint Thein, leader ]ustice of the Union, additionally gave his dossier of the files to the Defence companies historic examine Institute, and that i was once in a position to cost and examine the papers. To either I owe and basically acknow­ ledge thank you. i'm additionally thankful to Mr. ]ustice Aung Tha Gyaw of the preferrred courtroom who responded my questions with kindness and courtesy, and to U Kyaw Soe, Director of data, and his employees, who dug up the images that are released during this book.

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Vivian had also landed in jail and was awaiting his own trial. ' U Saw took the suggestion and sent the appeal. The 'tall person' soon left Rangoon, however, and U Saw waited for help in vain. 1 1. Transition periods always seem to throw up adventurers and misty-eyed do-gooders. For examples, read Dr. Ba U's My Burma, p. 196. A British 'colonel,' one Mr. Tulloch, and a newspaper correspondent, Mr. Camp bell, were exposed by the British When he lost hope of escape, U Saw thought of suicide. He sent a note in code to a follower outside Rangoon: 'There are no fish in the Kokine lake: The man who received the note and understood the message quietly asked the messenger: 'Howand where can I get a revolver?

44 CHAPTER FOUR THE APPROVER'S STORY <1> Ba Nyunt, aged 29, son of U Ta, of Othegon village, Tharrawaddy district, was one of the nine men who were first accused with U Saw. He had had more school than U Saw hirnself, having passed his 'Anglo-Vernacular High School Final' examinations. He had worked as a clerk in the office of the Township Judge, Minhla, Tharrawaddy, and had early political associations and ambitions. When he was arrested, he volunteered to make a clean breast of it all, and was granted a conditional pardon and made 'approver' or the King's witness.

In Burma we have inherited some valuable legacies of British justice. l U Saw and others received a fair trial and not a lynching by angry mobs. U Saw, a former Prime Minister, stood on equal terms with other men, before the same Tribunal, which gave them equal justice. Another legacy is the fundamental concept of criminal justice that a man I. Dr. Kyaw Myint, back in legal practice, defending an editor in a trial, referred to the heritage left by the British - even though they might, for political convenience, be called the 'foreign devils' - of the rule of law and the legal principle that a man must be presumed innocent until he is proved guilty.

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