Burma’s military government will execute two prominent political prisoners


The return of the gallows after more than 30 years since the last one threatens to “add fuel to the fire” for resistance against the dictatorship.

Kyaw Min Yu, aka 'Ko Jimmy', (left) and Phyo Zeya Thaw (right).
Kyaw Min Yu, aka ‘Ko Jimmy’, (left) and Phyo Zeya Thaw (right).AFP
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Burma’s military regime announced this Friday First judicial execution after 1990including a former member of the former leader’s party Aung San Suu Kyi and a well-known pro-democracy activist, have both been convicted of terrorism, a government spokesman said.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former MP, and pro-democracy activist Kyaw Min Yoo, nicknamed ‘Ko Jimmy’, “He was sentenced to death in accordance with the criminal proceedings”, board spokesman Zaw Min Tun explained. After taking power last year, the Burmese military junta sentenced dozens of people who rallied against coup, within the framework of a fierce repression of protest. But Burma had not executed anyone in more than 30 years.

Phyo Zeya ThawAung San Suu Kyi’s party, a former member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was arrested in November and sentenced in January for breaking anti-terrorism laws. Elected to the Parliament by the NLD in 2015, he is Accused of organizing several attacks after the coup against regime forces, including an attack on a commuter train in Rangoon in August in which five policemen were killed.

Familiar Pro-democracy activist ‘Ko Jimmy’, received the same penalty. He became famous during the 1988 student uprising against the old military junta and has been Death penalty for “instigating rebellion” with his social media posts, The convict “continued with the criminal proceedings and appealed, sending a letter to modify the sentence”, but “the court dismissed those appeals and there is no further step”, said Jaw Min Tun.

Two other men convicted of killing a woman who were accused of being a junta informer will also be hanged. As of now, no date has been set for the execution, a board spokesperson explained. decision of “The execution of two prominent political leaders is fueling the fire of popular anti-military resistance in the country”Phil Robertson, deputy director of the NGO Human Rights Watch.

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