Executions lawful, 'not personal' - Myanmar junta

STORY: The military, which seized power in a coup last year, announced on Monday (July 25) it had executed the activists for aiding "terror acts" by a civilian resistance movement, Myanmar's first executions in decades.

Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun said the men were given due process and insisted those executed were not democracy activists, but killers deserving of their punishment.

News of the executions triggered international outrage, with the United States, Britain, Australia, the European Union and United Nations leading a chorus of condemnation accusing the junta of cruelty.

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