Myanmar grants early release to soldiers who killed 10 Rohingya Muslims: Reuters

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  • Myanmar military has reportedly released the soldiers who were involved in the killings of 10 Rohingya muslims in Inn Dinn.
  • The soldiers were released last November, less than a year into the 10-year term they had to serve.
  • The prison official had no information about the exact date of release.
Seven Myanmar soldiers, who were sent to prison killing 10 Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Dinn during a 2017 military crackdown, were freed within a year, Reuters reported citing sources.

At least two prison officials told Reuters that the soldiers have not been in prison for several months. The punishment of the soldiers was reduced by the military, according to the report.

The soldiers were reportedly released last November, less than a year into the 10-year term they had to serve. They also served a shorter term than the two Reuters journalists who had exposed them. These soldiers were the only security personnel who were punished for carrying out 2017 operation in Rakhine.

Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were released by the Myanmar government earlier this month after 500 days in detention. The two had been sentenced to seven years in prison for covering country’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims during a military operation in 2017.

Two years ago, the military killed 10 Rohingya men in the village of Inn Dinn, forcing over 720,000 Rohingya people to escape the border and live in refugee camps in Bangladesh. The United Nations called the incident as one of the gravest crimes under international law,’ according to media reports.

See also:
After 500 days in Myanmar prison for speaking truth to power, the two Reuters journalists walk free


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