The sentence was a rare instance of Burma Army personnel being held accountable for committing atrocities against civilians, but relatives of the victims say they’re not satisfied.
A high-ranking officer accused of giving orders to kill five villagers in Shan State has denied the charge, saying that he only told his subordinates to “clear them out”.
Three Burmese army servicemen under investigation for the death of five local villagers in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township in June have confessed to the killings at a military tribunal.
In a rare admission by Burma’s military, a senior general said on Wednesday that five villagers were killed by soldiers last month during an interrogation in northern Shan State.
Burma’s armed forces is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday to address accusations of war crimes committed against civilians in Shan State.
The lawyer for the widow of Par Gyi, a reporter who was killed in army custody in 2014, said he would try to get the case reopened.