Burma Times Correspondent: January 26, 2015
Four Du Char Yar Taan men produced before court
The four men arrested from Du Char Yar Taan (Kiladong) have been produced before a court and charged with murder of a policeman on Thursday, according to local sources.
The arrested are Abdu Monaf, Md Tahar, Md Ayou and Zohur Hossain. Following their arrest on January 18, the four men were tortured without mercy.
As they were produced before court, the four men, looked unable to stand.
Abdu Monaf looked especially bad as he was tortured to force a confessional statement from him. Abdu Monaf was taken to Du Char Yar Taan on January 21. There he confessed and pointed out the spot where he along with other Muslim villagers allegedly killed and then hid the body of a policeman. The confession was videotaped.
Scores of Muslims have died in custody since the riots of June 2012.
The four arrested are likely to face the death sentence if convicted.
There has however been no arrests made in connection with the murder of at least 48 Muslim men, women and children in the conflict at Du Chee Yar Taan. The government refuses to concede that such an incident has taken place.
On January 15, 2014, a Rakhine mob backed by security forces killed scores of men, women and children at the remote village of Du Char Yar Taan. In the aftermath of the killings, the government shut down the area and cracked down on survivors to prevent them giving eyewitness accounts to international news media and NGOs.
The crackdown has intensified a year later following visits by UN and US delegations to Arakan.
The four men were arrested in the latest crackdown.