Myanmar opposition spokesman fined over election claim
YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's opposition spokesman said on Thursday he had been fined for a statement he made claiming that ballot sheets were tampered with in landmark by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi's party enter parliament last year.
Nyan Win, who is also the lawyer for democracy champion Suu Kyi, said a court in the capital Naypyidaw had given him a choice of paying 1,000 kyats (about one US dollar) or spending a month in prison after the verdict. He added that he had chosen the fine.
"I am not guilty so I am going to appeal," the 70-year-old told AFP.
Last year Nyan Win complained that a thin layer of wax had been put over check boxes for candidates of his National League for Democracy (NLD) party, meaning that marks made on the wax could later be rubbed off to cancel the vote.