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About 100 military and police deserters taken from Sittwe prison to reengage in services


  • By: Web Master
  • | Date: 08 December 2023
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About 100 military and police deserters were taken from the prison in Sittwe of Rakhine State for deploying them in military duties, said a person close to the prison authority.

 

They were taken by the military vehicles by noon on Thursday.

 

"The deserted prisoners were taken away for engaging in military services again," he added.

 

Among them, there are individuals who were serving life sentences for seriuos crimes like rape. Some were even sentenced to death.

 

They have been seemingly promised of amnesty if they join the military activities. The deserters are understood to be transported to 20th infantry battalion in Sittwe.

 

"As the junta forces are facing scarcity of armed personnel, they may deploy these individuals," said a local resident.

 

The Sittwe prison currently gives shelter to nearly 2,000 inmates.

 

On 3 December, the military council announced that the deserters who wish to return would be re-engaged in regular services.

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