Friday, 14 December, 2018

Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years in jail over Rohingya massacre

Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years in jail over Rohingya massacre Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years in jail over Rohingya massacre
Melissa Porter | 12 April, 2018, 05:37

The army employees also were expelled by the military, as per a statement released from the military leader within an official Facebook web page.

The military said in a statement on December 18 that a mass grave containing 10 bodies of "Bengali terrorists" had been found on the outskirts of Inn Din village in northern Rakhine's Maungdaw region.

The authorities told Reuters in February the military opened an internal investigation independently and that it is unrelated to the Reuters reporters, who are accused of obtaining unrelated secret government papers. Reuters published its story on the murder in February. "Three soldiers of other rank were demoted to the rank of "private", permanently dismissed from the military and sentenced to 10 years with hard labour at a prison in a remote area", read the military statement.

In August, the Central Government had announced it was planning to deport Rohingya refugees living in the country, citing they were a threat to the country's security.

It added that legal proceedings against the police personnel and civilians "involved in the crime" are still under way. The military said its soldiers confessed to carrying out the slayings.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, mostly children and women, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International.

The army predicted this type of "clearance functioning" contrary to the terrorists, nevertheless the US along with the un branded it that an "ethnic cleansing" following the army's operation drove not quite 700,000 Rohingya in to neighboring Bangladesh.

The account was based on testimony from Buddhist villagers, security officers and relatives of the slain men.

Kalam will accompany Win Myat Aye on the visit to the camps in Kutupalong, where many refugees live in shacks made of bamboo and plastic sheets that are unlikely to withstand heavy rains and storms brought by the monsoon season when it starts in June. Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete a voluntary repatriation of the refugees in two years.

On Wednesday, the judge will rule on a motion by defense lawyers for dismissal of the case.