Former UK ambassador, husband detained by Myanmar generals

Myanmar’s military authorities have detained the United Kingdom’s former ambassador to the country, and her husband, over alleged violations of immigration law.

Vicky Bowman, who currently runs the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), and her husband, Htein Lin, a Burmese artist and former political prisoner, were reportedly detained on Wednesday in Yangon, sources told the Reuters and AFP news agencies.

Myanmar’s military, which seized power from the elected government in February 2021, issued a statement on Thursday confirming that Bowman was under investigation for failing to declare she was living at an address different from the one listed on her foreigner’s registration certificate.

Htein Lin is under investigation for helping his wife reside at an address different to their registered home in Yangon, the statement added.