The Karen National Union (KNU) Central Committee told DVB that officials from the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) Battalion 6 are being investigated for the murder of three, including a Buddhist monk. “They [the accused] were assigned by the KNDO to protect the monks. A judge will oversee the [legal] proceedings,” a KNU official said.
The two KNDO Battalion 6 officials are alleged to have killed a Buddhist monk and two others at Hparkya village monastery in Kyondoe Township on Oct. 22. This area is located at the KNU’s Brigade 6, Dupalaya District. KNU Central Committee member Padoh Saw Thamein Tun said that the case is being transferred to a civilian court.
The National Unity Government (NUG) Ministry of Defense has requested those accused be brought to justice. The NUG Ministry of Defense Secretary Naing Htoo Aung told DVB that the details of the incident are still under investigation.