Burmese Pastor with COVID-19 Appears in Court

05/20/2020 Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – ICC recently reported on Burmese pastor David Lah and three others on their potential charges with three years in jail due to defying COVID-19 large group bans and violating the disaster management law. After claiming that devout Christians were immune to contracting the virus, he contracted it himself, and his infection led to a cluster of 67 cases after they attended his services. Because of his actions, Christians are seen with hostility by the majority of citizens in the primarily Buddhist country. Their small 6% of the population could see higher persecution because of Lah’s negligence.

On May 7, Lah was discharged from the hospital and entered scheduled quarantine in a hotel for 21 days, since his neighbors refused him to be quarantined in the community. Although the courts in Myanmar have generally stopped operating given the shelter-in-place measures in Myanmar, according to Reuters, Lah appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges over organizing services in defiance of a ban on gatherings.

Judge Moe Swe told journalists, after his hearing in Yangon court, Lah would be remanded in Insein prison until June 3 while investigations continue for his case.

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