Frenchman Arrested For Flying Drone over Myanmar Parliament

Last Updated: Feb 11 2019 10:07

The French embassy confirmed Monday, a French tourist has been arrested for flying a drone near Myanmar's parliament in the capital Naypyidaw.

Three journalists and their driver were jailed in 2017 for the same offence.

Local media published photos of the French detainee, including his passport details, and his drone.

"A French man, on a visit to Myanmar, was arrested late afternoon on Thursday 7 February for having flown a drone over the parliament," the embassy said, adding that the man was still in detention in Naypyidaw.

Expecting to receive a fine, they confessed to flying the drone over parliament but were instead sentenced to two months in prison under Myanmar's aircraft act.