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Teachers Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison Over Rangoon Madrasa Fire

25 April 2014

A court in Rangoon’s Botathaung Township has sentenced two Islamic teachers to eight years in prison on charges of negligence in the case of a fire at a madrasa that killed 13 boys last year, the Myanmar Times reports. Zay Yar Phyo and Khin Maung Aye were sentenced for negligence in preventing the fire, which burned down the Islamic school on 48th Street on April 2, 2013. The fire came at a time of heightened inter-communal tensions, as anti-Muslim attacks spread from Meikhtila through central Burma, and the incident led to speculation that Buddhist nationalists might have started the fire.

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