Burma: Seven Muslims in Burma have been charged with the murder of a Buddhist monk that fueled deadly communal riots two months ago in central Meikhtila city, lawyers said Tuesday.
Six of them face the death penalty if convicted in one of the most high profile cases since sectarian violence first flared nearly a year ago. A seventh suspect, who is under 16 years old, will be tried in a juvenile court in connection with the murder of the monk identified as Thawbita who, according to reports, was pulled off his motorbike, attacked and burned on March 20.
If found guilty, the maximum sentence that could be imposed on the teenager is seven years in jail. The masterminds of the alleged murder have not been held yet, lawyers said. “The real four perpetrators [of the alleged crime] are on the run,” lawyer Thein Than Oo told RFA’s Burmese Service…
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