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Seven Myanmar soldiers jailed for killing villagers

Ever since her party took over in March,democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has prioritised?ending warfare, but the military that still has control over key government bodies will be a crucial player in bringing peace to the borderlands Photograph: (AFP)

WION Yangon, Myanmar Sep 16, 2016, 08.45 AM (IST)
In a rare ruling, seven soldiers in Myanmar have been jailed for killing villagers during an interrogation, the military said, 

"Seven Myanmar army soldiers are sentenced to five years for killing local people in Mong Yaw village in Lashio township, Shan State," an official statement on Facebook read. 

"They all have to be sentenced to five years with hard labour in countryside prison," the statement mentioned.

The bodies of the villagers were reportedly found in graves days after they were detained by soldiers following an altercation with ethnic rebels in the Shan state.

Ever since her party took over in March, democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has prioritised ending warfare, but the military that still has control over key government bodies will be a crucial player in bringing peace to the borderlands. 

US President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to lift sanctions, which were imposed when the former military junta was in power, following Suu Kyi's visit to the White House. 

Activists have, however, condemned the move, saying it removes a key lever for applying pressure on the army.

(WION with inputs from AFP)



 
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