Myanmar military, which seized power toppling the democratically elected government has now amended the country’s high treason and sedition laws. Legal experts say that this has been done to protect the ruling Junta
The council amended sections 121, 124 and 505 of the colonial-era Penal Code, which define high treason and sedition.
“It is too risky to amend the Penal Code. Even the Mother Law [Constitution] has to refer to the Penal Code. He can’t just amend it like that. To approve and apply a law, there must be public consensus. He made the amendment to use it for himself; it is not the law,” legal adviser Sai Aung Myint Oo was quoted by the Irrawady.
While the original Article 121 says anyone who “attempts or otherwise prepares by force of arms or other violent means to overthrow the organs of the Union or of its constituent units established by the Constitution” is guilty of high treason, the coup leader has amended it so that only unconstitutional use of force of arms constitutes high treason, meaning it is acceptable to use force of arms as long as it is done in line with the Constitution, reports the Irrawady.