COM­MIT ATROC­I­TIES

New Straits Times - - World -

re­ports of mass killings, rapes and hor­ri­fy­ing ac­counts of ba­bies be­ing thrown into burn­ing houses.

In a re­port re­leased in Fe­bru­ary, they said se­cu­rity forces might had com­mit­ted atroc­i­ties so se­vere they amount to crimes against hu­man­ity and eth­nic cleans­ing.

But yes­ter­day the mil­i­tary said the re­sults of its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion, led by army chief Aye Win, showed those charges were “false and fab­ri­cated”.

“Out of 18 ac­cu­sa­tions in­cluded in the OHCHR (Of­fice of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights) re­port, 12 were found to be in­cor­rect, with the re­main­ing six ac­cu­sa­tions found to be false and fab­ri­cated ac­cu­sa­tions based on lies and in­vented state­ments,” said a re­port by the army’s “True News” team.

One mem­ber of the se­cu­rity forces was, how­ever, sen­tenced to a year in jail and fined for tak­ing a mo­tor­bike with­out the knowl­edge of its owner.

A vil­lage head and sev­eral villagers were also whipped and two peo­ple sent to pri­son for fail­ing to help put out a fire.

The mil­i­tary and the civil­ian gov­ern­ment led by No­bel peace prize win­ner Aung San Suu Kyi have de­nied al­le­ga­tions of wide­spread atroc­i­ties against the Ro­hingya and re­fused to al­low in a UN fact-find­ing mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate. AFP

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