Myanmar’s military says executions were ‘justice for the people’

by | Jul 26, 2022 | World

Myanmar’s military-led government has defended the execution of four pro-democracy activists, even as international condemnation over the killings grew.Major General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman of the military government that seized power in a coup last year, said the executions – the first to take place in the country in decades – were lawful and not “personal”.
“This was justice for the people. These criminals were given the chance to defend themselves,” Zaw Min Tun told a news conference in the capital, Naypyidaw, adding that the government knew the executions would draw criticism.
Among those executed were democracy campaigner Kyaw Min Yu, better known as “Jimmy”, and former lawmaker and hip-hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw, an ally of former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in detention since the military’s power grab. The two others killed were Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.
All four were sentenced to death in secretive trials in January and April after being accused of involvement in violent resistance against the military since it seized power on February 1, 2021 – charges which were denied by their defenders.
State media said on Monday “the punishment” had been “conducted”, but did not specify when, or by what method, the men had been killed. Previous executions in Myanmar have been by hanging.
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International condemnation mounts
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