( Mrauk U, 1 August 2013) : Five Arakanese Buddhists were sentenced to imprisonment for 3 years accounting their roles in the attack on a Muslim village last year during the sectarian violence in Arakan State of western Burma.
The Sittwe district court passed the verdict against the accused yesterday, said Daw Nu Sein, a senior lawyer who defended the Arakanese nationals in the court.
The accused persons namely U Tun Shwe Maung hails from Purin Gon village, U Maung Maung Naing from Maung Tha Gon village, U Myin Naing from Pan Mraung village and U Kan Tha Aung & Maung Htwe Sein from Kyaung Daung village.
“They (five accused Arakanese nationals) are punished under the Act 136 for the attack on Purin Gon Muslim village of Mrauk U township,” added the lady lawyer. She also revealed that all the accused persons hail from villages located under Mrauk U and Min Bya townships.
Mentionable is that violence broke out in Purin Gon Muslim village and Parin Gon Buddhist village under Mrauk U township in October last year, where half a dozen people were killed and many houses were set on fire by the miscreants.