Burma military junta to carry out first judicial executions in decades

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Burma’s military junta announced the first judicial executions since 1990, including that of a former member of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and a well-known pro-democracy activist, both convicted of terrorism, a spokesman told AFP.

Four people, including Phyo Zeya Thaw, former deputy and member of the National League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, and pro-democracy activist Ko Jimmy, “were sentenced to hang according to criminal proceedings,” he explained to the AFP a spokesman for the board, Zaw Min Tun.

After taking power last year, the military junta sentenced dozens of opponents to death to suppress dissent, although no executions have yet been carried out.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, who was arrested in November, was sentenced in January for breaking anti-terrorism laws.

And the well-known pro-democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, nicknamed “Ko Jimmy”, received the same sentence.

This spokesman stated that the convicted “continued the criminal procedure and appealed, sending a letter to modify the sentence”, but “the court rejected it”, he added.

At the moment, no dates have been set for the executions, the board spokesman explained.

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