Myanmar man gets 26 years for attack
Yangon: Myanmar has sentenced a Muslim man to 26 years in prison for an attack on a Buddhist woman that sparked a fresh outbreak of religious violence last month in the former Army-ruled nation, police said on Wednesday.
The man, who has been described by state media as a 48-year-old drug addict, was convicted of intent to kill, assault and drug use by a court in Lashio in eastern Shan State on Tuesday, Police Major Moe Zaw Linn told AFP by telephone.
The 24-year-old victim, a petrol vendor, suffered burns in the attack, which triggered Buddhist-Muslim riots in the town that left at least one person dead and saw a mosque and orphanage burned.
"We have arrested about 60 people found by security forces with sticks and knives during the violence," Moe Zaw Linn said, adding that the Muslim man was the first person to be convicted.
Several episodes of religious unrest-mostly targeting Muslims-have exposed deep rifts in the Buddhist-majority country and cast a shadow over widely praised political reforms since military rule ended two years ago.
In March dozens of people were killed in sectarian strife in central Myanmar, and thousands of homes were set ablaze.
Ten Muslims have been sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years in connection with the March violence in the central town of Meiktila, where no Buddhists are yet known to have been convicted.
Communal unrest last year in the western state of Rakhine left about 200 people dead and 140,000 displaced, mainly Rohingya Muslims.
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