Burma Times Correspondent: March 11, 2015
A man has been brutally tortured by police in custody in Kiangdong, Rathidaung, according to our local correspondent.
Noor Ahmed (48), s/o Noor Bashar was arrested by police on Tuesday for running an illegal phone business with Bangladesh SIM cards.
Many Rohingyas use Bangladeshi phones to keep in touch with their frinds and relatives in the neighbouring country where an estmated half a million have fled to escape persecution at home. Bangladesh phones are also cheaper for connecting to countries such as Malaysia and Saudia Arabia, home to a large Rohingya population.
Noor paid 60,000 kyats to the BGP and the police every month. However local Rakhine nationalists were not comfortable with this arrangement and they contacted high government officials in Rathidaung town. The Kukurumu came on Tuesday with the Rakhine nationalists and asked the police why they were not arresting the man.
The police then arrested Noor and to prove their loyalty to the nationalist cause, mercilessly tortured Noor. They also lied to the government official saying they had no knowledge of the illegal business.
Later Noor was released after the payment of half a million kyats. He was warned that the next time he would face a prison sentence of 8 years if he continued to do business. He came back home at around 11pm.