July 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Burma’s coup military junta has executed four prisoners, including a former MP from former civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the first use of the death penalty in the country in decades, local media reported on Monday.
The four prisoners, including a pro-democracy activist, had been charged with “brutal and inhumane acts of terror,” ‘Global New Light of Myanmar’ reported.
The aforementioned medium has indicated that the executions have been carried out “according to prison procedure”, without going into details of when or how the four men were killed.
The four death sentences, as well as 111 others handed down by the junta’s courts between the February 1, 2021, coup and May 19 this year, have drawn criticism from legal experts and rights groups, who say that the regime threatens the population with unjust executions, as reported by Radio Free Asia.
Burma’s coup military junta in early June approved execution warrants issued in January against former National League for Democracy MP Ko Thaw and veteran democracy activist Ko Jimmy for their anti-regime activities.
Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, 40, and Ko Jimmy, 53, were arrested late last year and sentenced to death in January for planning armed resistance operations in Rangoon during protests against the military junta.
Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and Ko Jimmy have become the first political dissidents to be executed in Burma since ethnic Chin student leader Salai Tin Maung Oo was hanged by Dictator General Ne Win’s authoritarian regime at Insein Prison. from Rangoon in 1976.