Myanmar authorities arrested a French vacationer for allegedly flying a drone over the nation’s parliament within the capital of Naypyidaw, the French embassy in Myanmar confirmed Monday.
The embassy mentioned it was working with native police to supply consular providers for the person, recognized by police as 27-year-old Arthur Desclaux. He was nonetheless in detention in Naypyidaw and his household has been contacted.
Beneath Myanmar’s Plane Act, it’s unlawful to fly drones over authorities buildings within the capital. Desclaux might face a three-year jail sentence if discovered responsible, police officer Min Tin advised the information company AFP.
It stays unclear why he was flying a drone over parliament.
In October 2017, three journalists and their driver had been arrested for flying a drone over parliament whereas making a documentary for Turkish state broadcaster TRT. They confessed, anticipating to obtain a high-quality, however had been as an alternative every handed two-month jail sentences.
Naypyidaw was decreed because the capital metropolis by Myanmar’s former navy dictatorship in 2005. Many overseas embassies are nonetheless primarily based within the former capital Yangon.