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U.S. judicial authorities say they thwarted the assassination plot Jue Meng Dun, Burma’s UN ambassador who broke with the military government after the military coup.
The FBI, the New York City Police and the US Attorney’s Office in New York announced on Friday the arrests of two Myanmar citizens living in New York, 28-year-old Phyo Hein Htut and 20-year-old Ye Hein Zaw, who claimed they had conspired with weapons to drug dealers in Thailand The hired attacked the United Nations envoy in Westchester County and killed him if he refused to step down.
News of the alleged conspiracy preceded Expected diplomatic showdown Discussions on diplomatic recognition between Myanmar’s ruling military government and politicians loyal to the deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi will begin at the United Nations next month.
U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “As alleged, Phyo Hein Htut and Ye Hein Zaw conspired to seriously injure or kill Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, planning to attack a foreign official, and the attack will take place on U.S. territory. .” In the statement of the Ministry of Justice“We commend law enforcement partners at all levels of government for their unremitting efforts to ensure the safety of foreign diplomats and officials.”
The two men were accused of conspiring to attack and violently attacking Jue Meng Dun, who condemned Min Aung Lai’s military government in a dramatic speech delivered by the military at the UN General Assembly in February. overthrow The civilian government of Myanmar.
The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison. The two men appeared in court on Friday but have not yet filed a plea.
US law enforcement officials stated that during the conspiracy, Phyo Hein Htut communicated with an arms dealer in Thailand who sold weapons to the Myanmar military. This was mentioned in the FBI investigation Criminal proceedings As “CC-1”.
During these conversations, US officials stated that he and the arms dealer had reached a plan to “hiring attackers to harm the ambassador in an attempt to force the ambassador to step down.”
The prosecutor said: “If the ambassador does not step down, then the arms dealer proposes to let the attackers hired by Hertuth kill the ambassador.”
According to the US authorities, after agreeing to the plan, Ye Hein Zaw transferred $4,000 to Phyo Hein Htut as an “advance payment for the attack on the ambassador conspiracy.”
In subsequent telephone conversations, according to US officials that were recorded, the two allegedly discussed how the attackers needed an additional $1,000 to “end” the ambassador. The prosecutor claimed that they agreed to pay the extra money.
Jue Meng Dun thank The U.S. government, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, his team, and security agencies “Thank you for your unremitting efforts, help, and support.”
A spokesperson for the Thai government declined to comment on the alleged involvement of the Thai arms dealer in the conspiracy on Saturday, saying he was waiting for information.
International deliberation on whether to recognize Kyaw Moe Tun or a person appointed by the military government as Myanmar’s UN ambassador will be launched at the September General Assembly, and a credential committee that has the power to make a decision will be selected.
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