Burma Times Correspondent: December 4, 2015
A man was assaulted and forced to pay a heavy financial penalty for speaking out against local collaborators.
35 year Abdul Karim was picked up by police on Sunday from Nazir para in Akyab and brutally beaten up in custody. It was alleged that he had stolen two and a half million kyats from funds of local community members. He was later released on the payment of 300,000 kyats but police said he had to come up with more money or face arrest.
Sources say he is innocent of the charges. Earlier Abdul had been vocal against the corruption carried out by a man known as Nuru police, a powerful tabbe from Dabaing. Nuru and his cohorts are involved in the persecution of Rohingyas in cohort with the administration. Additionally all foreign aid in the area is channelled through them and they take a significant cut from these humanitarian donations.
Anybody speaking against Nuru and his gang face police arrest and torture, say local sources.