British police investigate exiled former Myanmar envoy for trespass
According to Reuters, British police is investigating Myanmar’s former ambassador to the UK for trespassing on a diplomatic residence in London, which he has refused to leave since being ousted for opposing the 2021 military coup in Myanmar.
Reuters reports that Kyaw Zwar Minn was locked out of his embassy a few months after the coup, and later replaced by the junta’s representatives, after calling for the release of the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Since then, he has stayed in the residence, in northwest London.
Neil Swift, who represents Kyaw Zwar Minn, spoke to Reuters over the “allegation that [Kyaw Zwar Minn] trespassed on diplomatic premises”.
Neil told Reuters: “The ambassadorial residence remains the property of the Union of Myanmar, and my client has always maintained that he is more than happy to hand over the keys to a representative of the democratically elected government of Myanmar, should they ask him to do so.”
Neil also explained that the police interviewed Kyaw Zwar Minn on 15 August, but charges have not yet been brought. Attorney General Victoria Prentis will have to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to charge him, Neil said.