Myanmar jails seven Buddhists for massacre of Muslims

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A Myanmar court sentenced seven Buddhists to between three and 15 years in jail for their roles in a massacre at an Islamic boarding school that left dozens of students and teachers dead, while a Muslim convicted in one related killing received a life sentence.
In all, 24 Buddhists and five Muslims have been sentenced to jail this week for their roles in sectarian rioting March 20 and 21 in the central Myanmar town of Meikhtila. The violence killed at least 43 people and left 12,000 displaced, most of them Muslim.
Previously, few Buddhists had been prosecuted in connection with a wave of sectarian violence that has left more than 250 people dead and 140,000 others fleeing their homes over the past year in this predominantly Buddhist country. Muslims have been prosecuted more frequently, even though they make up the vast majority of the victims.
The state-run Keymon daily said eight people — seven Buddhists and one Muslim — were convicted Wednesday in Meikhtila district court for crimes connected to the massacre at the Mingalar Zayone Islamic Boarding School, where 36 of the deaths from the March rioting occurred.
Buddhist mobs torched the school, Muslim businesses and all but one of the city’s 13 mosques following a dispute between a Muslim and a Buddhist at a gold shop and the burning death of a Buddhist monk by four Muslim men. While security forces stood by, a mob attacked Muslims with machetes, metal pipes, chains and stones as they tried to escape the burning school, leaving 32 teenage students and four teachers dead.
Tin Hlaing, a local reporter present during the hearings, told The Associated Press that four of the eight were found guilty of murder and causing other injuries, getting between 10 and 15 years in jail. He did not provide details about their roles in the slaughter but said the other four convicted were involved in lesser offences. The Keymon daily said the seven Buddhists received sentences of three to 15 years, but offered no details about the Muslim’s case.
Tin Hlaing also said four Muslim men on Tuesday received sentences of at least seven years in prison — with one getting a life sentence — for their roles in the murder of a 19-year-old university student during the unrest. The district court also sentenced 10 Buddhist men Wednesday to one to nine years for their involvement in the death of a Muslim man, and a township court sentenced six men and one woman, all Buddhists, to two years’ imprisonment each for damaging the gold shop.

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  1. The sentence given by the Myanmar court to seven Buddhists from 3 to 15 years in jail is not enough,what they committed the massacre of Muslims need at least be HANGED publicly so that other would not dare to kill the innocent their national brethren..Their fault is that they are only Muslims and on this basis,they cannot be killed.Where is the Secretary General of U.N. O.What is this non-sense behavior,if any non-Muslim is done wrong with him or her the whole U.N.O immediately moves in and starts taking actions,But in case of Muslims no movement.Only non-Muslim have the right to live freely and Muslims are to be targeted.Stop this rubbish policy and treat all the human-beings equally and Secretary General of U.N.O and so-called Champions of Human Rights organizations must get up from deep sleep and condemn and protest over the killings of innocent Muslims in Myanmar without any further delay.All Muslims countries must take immediate actions to protect Muslims in that country..

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