Court proceedings begin against Myanmar child rape suspect

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar has begun proceedings against a suspect in the rape of a two-year-old girl at her nursery school, in a case that has generated huge interest and protests, partly because of doubts that the arrested man is guilty.

Aung Kyaw Myo appeared yesterday at Dakkhina Thiri District Court in the capital, Naypyitaw, to acknowledge the charge of rape against him.

The suspect was first arrested in May in the rape of the two-year, 11-month-old girl, who has been given the pseudonym Victoria by supporters and the media.

He was released due to insufficient evidence but was rearrested earlier this month.

Demonstrations in cities around the country have demanded justice in the case, with many expressing doubt the arrested man is guilty.

Mya Thein, father of rape suspect Aung Gyi, talks to journalists during the court appearance of his son in Nyapyitaw, Myanmar. – AP