26 November 2019
The Evidence Collection and Verification Team (ECVT) of Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) is conducting interviews with twenty-nine (29) military personnel who were assigned in the affected areas of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung in Northern Rakhine during the military operations from 25 August 2017 to 5 September 2017. The interviews started yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw and it is expected to be completed by Wednesday.
Furthermore, ICOE on 21st October 2019 had interviewed 20 police personnel who were stationed at the 30 police outposts that were attackedin the early hours of 25 August 2017.
The ICOE has also interviewed about 1,500 witnesses from various communities in Northern Rakhine State. They include Muslims, Rakhine, Mro and Dynet, etc. All evidence collected is currently being analysed by the ICOE’s ECVT.
Taking into account the work and mandate of the Court of Enquiry and the Legal Advisory Team, the ICOE has sent a letter to the Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces on 22 November 2019 to share relevant findings of ICOE for further investigation through the Court of Inquiry and/or Court Martial.
This positive cooperation of the Myanmar Military (Tatmadaw) comes following the recent working level meeting between the ICOE and the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the leaders of the Court of Enquiry and Legal Advisory Team. The ICOE is also appreciative of the support provided by the Myanmar Police Force under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Office of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE)
Nay Pyi Taw, 26 November2019