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Myanmar Military executes four prisoners, including a former lawmaker and a prominent activist

Four activists have been executed by Myanmar’s military in the first use of capital punishment in decades.

The four Myanmar activists – including activist Ko Jimmy and lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw – were accused of committing “terror acts”.

They were sentenced to death in a closed-door trial that rights groups criticised as being unjust.

Family members of the deceased gathered at Insein prison on Monday desperate for information on their loved ones.

The mother of Zayar Thaw says she was not told when exactly her son would be executed, adding that she was unable to make proper traditional funeral plans as a result.

State news outlet Global News Light of Myanmar said the four men were executed because they “gave directives, made arrangements and committed conspiracies for brutal and inhumane terror acts”.

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