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Inmates Set Fire to Cells at Overcrowded Naypyidaw Jail

17 February 2014

Inmates set fire to cells at a jail in Naypyidaw Division when a riot broke out on Saturday, according to the state-run New Light of Myanmar. The newspaper said a murder suspect, one of 282 people being held in the Pyinmana jail, started the fire, and that “arson attacks by detainees turned into a riot as they damaged the walls.” Eleven Media reported that the facility is only meant to hold 62 inmates. “The disturbances erupted in the morning after one inmate had been hospitalized for smashing his head against the bars and managed to escape jail wardens when they attempted to sedate him,” Eleven said.

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