Burma Times Correspondent: March 09, 2015
Three Muslim community leaders from Chakipara, Akyab have been sentenced to eight years in prison on Saturday at around 12.10 am, according to our correspondent.
Haji Sho Min, his son Md Yusuf and Dr Ali Ahmed received the lengthy prison terms after a court in Akyab found them guilty of inciting Muslims to violence.
The three men, along with Hukkata Kalaiya, Postmaster Yusuf and Sa Long were charged in 2013 for carrying out attacks against the military in the state capital.
At that time, Yusuf managed to escape but the five others were arrested in April and subjected to brutal torture in custody. Torture is common in Arakan where scores of Muslim prisoners have died in custody since he riots of 2012.
The trouble started when a child at Chakipara threw a stone at military personnal who went to raid the Rohingya neighbourhood. The place is known for a defiant Rohingya resistance against rioters in 2012 and thus has earned the special displeasure of authorities.
The military then beat the child until he was unconcious. Locals rushed to the spot and rescued the child from the clutches of the military. The army went way but later implicated the six community leaders for attacks againt the military.
The five men were released after one and a half year of prison and daily torture. However upon their release, the anti Muslim 969 movement initiated a campain accusing the men of inciting hatred, carrying out anti state activities and encouraging Rohingyas not to identify themselves as Bengalis. adamlane photos