Japan Grants 6-Month Visa To Myanmar Goalkeeper Seeking Political Asylum - Reports
Zeeshan Mehtab 25 days ago Fri 02nd July 2021 | 03:50 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 02nd July, 2021) Japan on Friday granted a six-month asylum visa to Myanmar goalkeeper Pyae Lyan Aung, who made an anti-coup gesture during a football match in Japan and chose to stay in the country over concern for his life, Kyodo news reported.
During a world cup qualifying match between Myanmar and Japan in Chiba city near Tokyo on May 28, Aung was reported to have raised a three-finger salute in protest against the military coup in Myanmar, an action he said may have grave consequences to his life if he returns to Myanmar.
According to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, since the coup was staged in Myanmar on February 1, an estimated 885 people have been killed by the junta, with over 5,195 people presently in detention.