Myanmar’s junta will carry out the first judicial execution in decades

Myanmar's junta will carry out the first judicial execution in decades

Myanmar: Fio Jia Thao and Kiao Min UK sentenced to death (File)

Yangon, Myanmar:

Myanmar’s junta will execute Aung San Suu Kyi, a former member of the party and a prominent pro-democracy activist, both convicted of terrorism, the country’s first judicial execution since 1990, a spokesman told AFP on Friday.

Four people, including former MP Fio Zhao Thao and democracy activist Ko Jimmy, have been sentenced to death by hanging, according to Zhao Min-tun.

The junta has executed dozens of anti-coup activists as part of a crackdown on dissent since taking power last year, but Myanmar has not carried out executions for decades.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy member Fio Zhao Thao, who was arrested in November, was sentenced in January to death for crimes under the anti-terrorism law.

Prominent democracy activist Kiao Min Yu – better known as “Jimmy” – has received a similar sentence from a military tribunal.

“They are continuing the legal process of appealing and sending a request for correction of the sentence,” said Zhao Minh Tun, a spokesman for the junta.

“But the court has rejected their appeal and request. There is no further action after that,” he added.

No execution date has been set, the spokesman said.

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