The two were accused by US prosecutors for conspiring to “seriously harm or kill” Myanmar’s anti-coup UN special envoy Jue Meng Dun.
U.S. prosecutors said they accused two Myanmar citizens of planning an attack on the country’s United Nations ambassador, Kyo Meng Tun, who was an outspoken supporter of the democracy movement. Reject the order Resigned by the military government.
Officials said on Friday that in a so-called conspiracy that was thwarted by US investigators, the two talked about hiring an attacker to force Kyaw Moe Tun to resign or, if he refused, to kill him.
Audrey Strauss, the U.S. Attorney in Southern New York, said the two “conspired to seriously injure or kill the Burmese ambassador to the United Nations, planning to attack a foreign official on U.S. territory”.
Acting Assistant Director of the FBI, Jacqueline Maguire, said that after learning of the possible assassination in Westchester County, a northern suburb of New York City last month, law enforcement agencies acted “swiftly and diligently.”
“Our laws apply to everyone in our country, and these people will now face the consequences of allegedly violating these laws,” she said.
The suspects, 28-year-old Phyo Hein Htut and 20-year-old Ye Hein Zaw, were charged in a federal court in West Chester and they could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
According to the lawsuit, Phyo Hein Htut told FBI investigators that Thai arms dealers contacted him online and gave him money to hire attackers to harm the ambassador and force him to step down.
The complaint stated that if the ambassador does not step down, the arms dealer recommended that the attackers kill him. Phyo Hein Htut and the arms dealer subsequently agreed on a plan to tamper with the ambassador’s car to cause a crash.
The complaint alleges that Ye Hein Zaw contacted Phyo Hein Htut and made two remittances totaling US$4,000 in late July. Phyo Hein Htut told the FBI that he should receive an additional $1,000 after the attack is completed.
On Tuesday, a volunteer security guard from the UN delegation in Myanmar told the FBI that Phyo Hein Htut told him about a plan to “hire a killer to kill or injure the ambassador.”
I sincerely thank the US government of the host country, Ambassador Linda and her team USUN, as well as all security agencies for their unremitting efforts, help and support.thanks
Two Burmese men arrested in the U.S. for plotting to kill UN envoy https://t.co/dCO73kwaxu
— Ambassador Jue Meng Dun (@KyawTun62907405) August 6, 2021
According to the complaint, Ye Hein Zaw admitted that he transferred the money to Phyo Hein Htut. He often remits money to others on behalf of the arms dealer and recently booked a trip to the United States for the other two at the request of the arms dealer.
New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement: “These defendants crossed national borders and oceans and devised a violent conspiracy against an international leader on the territory of the United States.”
In a statement posted on social media on Saturday morning, Tom Andrews, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, said he was “shocked” at learning about the conspiracy.
“Who is behind this atrocity and who will hold them accountable?”
According to local monitoring organizations, more than 900 people have died in Myanmar since the February 1 coup d’état as the military tried to suppress democratic protests.