Yell Htwe Aung
|Yell Htwe Aung|
7 April 1993|
|Died||2 January 2018(aged 24)|
Yell Htwe Aung (Burmese: ရဲထွေးအောင်, also spelt Ye Htwe Aung; 7 April 1993 – 2 January 2018) was a Burmese comedian, actor, and model. He made his acting debut in the Burmese movie Ko Saung Nat (The Personal Guardian Spirit), as the lead role.
Early life and career
Yell Htwe Aung was born on April 7, 1993, in Yangon to Burmese Muslim parents. His father was a Gujarati Muslim from the state of Gujarat on the Northwestern coast of India, and his mother was Burmese muslim. He started his career with comedy videos, acting with Kelvin Kate. Rising to fame in 2015, he became a professional actor. The first film in which he starred was Ko Saung Nat (Burmese: ကိုယ်စောင့်နတ်), which was directed by Win Lwin Htet and written and produced by Hlwan Paing. In 2017, he starred in a Big Screen Movie, Diary, as the lead role, alongside actress May Myat Noe. The film was directed by Joe.
On New Year's Eve 2017, Aung was attending a party at The One Entertainment Park in Thingangyun Township with his girlfriend when he was attacked by a group of men. He was brought to the nearest hospital, but died there on 2 January 2018 from his injuries.
Trial and release of suspects
Three primary suspects — Than Htut Aung, Pyae Phyo Aung and Kyaw Zaw Han — surrendered to police soon after the incident. They were released on 25 July 2018 after the Yangon Eastern District Court accepted an appeal from Yell Htwe Aung's family asking to settle the case. According to court documents, Yangon Region Attorney General approved the request from his family to drop the case, citing a lack of evidence implicating the accused.
Public criticism and subsequent investigations
The release of murder suspects without any charges being filed raised to a public criticism, and prompted calls by lawmakers, activists and lawyers to investigate officials involved in the decision to drop the case. On 30 July 2018, President Win Myint ordered an investigation, and Attorney General of Myanmar ordered Yangon Region Attorney General to reopen the case at the Yangon Region Court. The Yangon Region Court summoned the three suspects on 1 August 2018.
On 3 August 2018, the Anti-Corruption Commission of Myanmar agreed to look into the case whether there was sufficient evidence that violations of the Anti-Corruption Law. On 13 September 2018, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed a lawsuit against the Yangon Region Attorney-General Han Htoo, a district judge, three other government attorneys and a police officer for taking bribery worth of more than K 70 million (US$46,300) to drop the case.
- "ဖေ့စ်ဘွတ်ခ်ဆယ်လီကနေ ဇာတ်ကားတွေရိုက်တော့မယ့် အောင်ရဲထွေး". 7Day News (in Burmese). 23 January 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Facebookမှာဟာသတွေတငိဆက်နေတဲ့ ရဲထွေးအောင် ရုပ်ရှင်ရိုက်ပြီ". Popular Myanmar (in Burmese). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "သရုပ်ဆောင် အောင်ရဲထွေး အသတ်ခံရမှု ငါးဦးကို ဖမ်းဆီးထား၊ တစ်ဦး လွတ်မြောက်". The Voice Myanmar (in Burmese). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "ဖေ့စ်ဘုတ်ဆယ်လီ အောင်ရဲထွေး ကွယ်လွန်". The Irrawaddy (in Burmese). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "အောင်ရဲထွေး ဦးခေါင်းတွင် ရရှိသောဒဏ်ရာဖြင့် ကွယ်လွန်". Mizzima News (in Burmese). 2 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- "Union Attorney General Revokes Court's Decision to Drop Investigation into Comedian's Killing". 30 July 2018.
- "Yangon High Court Summons 3 Suspects in Comedian's Beating Death". 1 August 2018.
- "President Calls for Justice to Be Done in Killing of Comedian". 31 July 2018.
- "Anti-Corruption Commission to Look into Decision to Drop Comedian's Murder Case". 3 August 2018.
- "Corruption panel fines five over withdrawal of celebrity murder case".
- "Yangon Attorney-General and five others arrested for taking bribery in Facebook star murder case - Eleven Myanmar". www.elevenmyanmar.com.
- "Yangon Attorney General, Five Others Arrested for Corruption in Comedian's Murder Case". 13 September 2018.