Myanmar junta executes four democracy activists

STORY: Myanmar's military authorities have executed four democracy activists, according to state media on Monday.

The four men were sentenced to death in a closed trial in January.

They were accused of helping carry out “terror acts” against the army that seized power in a coup and unleashed a bloody crackdown on its opponents last year.

The four included democracy figure “Jimmy” Kyaw Min Yu, and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, who was also an ally of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Both lost their appeals against their sentences in June.

The two others executed were Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.

State newspaper the Global New Light of Myanmar said the punishment for the four was carried out according to prison procedure, without giving details.

Previous executions in Myanmar have been by hanging.

The country’s last judicial executions were in the late 1980s, according to a Burmese political prisoner activist group.

A military spokesman did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

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