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Myanmar pastor's arrest sparks mixed reactions

Christians decry the arrest of David Lah while distancing themselves from the controversial preacher

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Myanmar pastor's arrest sparks mixed reactions

Canadian pastor David Lah attends Mayangone Township Court in Yangon on May 20 as he faced charges of organizing religious gatherings despite a ban on mass events. (Photo: Sai Aung Main/AFP)

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On May 20 morning, controversial Christian pastor David Lah, wearing a mask and face shield, was escorted by police to a court in Yangon, where he was charged with violating the Natural Disaster Management Law.

His arrest followed a 21-day quarantine in a hotel in Yangon after recovering from the coronavirus, which Lah and several of his followers had contracted in April.

Reporters and members of the public packed the court grounds and flashlights from several cameras were seen when Lah, who was handcuffed, left the court.

The pastor will remain in Myanmar's notorious Insein Prison while authorities investigate his case. He is due in court again on June 3.

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