Two Jailed for Meikhtila Riot Murders
9 July 2013
Two Buddhist men have been sentenced to seven years in prison for murders committed during religious riots in Meikhtila in March. According to a report by AFP, one of the men was sentenced on June 28, while the other was handed a sentence of seven years and one year with hard labor—to be served concurrently—a week later. Both men, in their early twenties, are the first Buddhists to be convicted for serious crimes committed during the riots, which left at least 44 people dead. At least 10 Muslims have so far been handed jail terms for serious offences during the rioting, including seven who were sentenced to between two and 28 years for their parts in the murder of a Buddhist monk.