French tourist held for flying drone over Myanmar parliament


Yangon: Authorities have arrested a French tourist for flying a drone near Myanmar’s parliament in the capital Naypyidaw, reports said on Monday.

Under the prevailing law he will be imprisoned for up to three years, authorities said.

Police said the 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux tried to fly a drone over the government building which is illegal in Myanmar.

Earlier, three scribes and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.

Local media published photographs of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.

Sources said his family was informed of his arrest and embassy staff were trying to secure his release. He has been charged under section 8 of the export and import law, police officer Min Tin said.

Desclaux faces “up to three years imprisonment” if found guilty, said Min Tin.

Journalists Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia were making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT when they were detained in October 2017 along with Myanmar reporter Aung Naing Soe and driver Hla Tin.

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