Military style execution in Myanmar of four democracy campaigners suspected of aiding in “terror actions”

According to state media, four democracy campaigners suspected of aiding in “terror actions” were put to death by Myanmar’s military rulers.

The four were found guilty of aiding militias to oppose the army that had seized control in a coup last year and were given the death penalty in January after a trial held behind closed doors.

The executions, which were carried out for the first time in decades in the Southeast Asian nation, drew widespread outrage; two UN experts described them as a “vile attempt to instil fear” among the populace.

Phyo Zeya Thaw, a former lawmaker and hip-hop musician, and democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu, often known as Jimmy, were among the individuals put to death, according to the Myanmar publication Global New Light.

In June, Kyaw Min Yu, 53, and Phyo Zeya Thaw, an ally of former Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 41, were unsuccessful in their appeals.

Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw were the other two men who were put to death.

According to the publication, the four were accused under the anti-terrorism law, and the punishment was “conducted in accordance with jail rules.”

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