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Published on Monday, 27 August 2012 14:31
Three UN workers have been sentenced to jail for their alleged involvement in the violence in Rakhine, western Myanmar.
The Maungdaw Township Court in Rakhine State sentenced two employees from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to six and three years in jail, respectively, while one staff member from the UN World Food Programme was sentenced to two years.
The court said the three were involved in arson attacks and promoted hatred between Buddhists and Muslims.
The riots between Rakhine nationals and Bengalis in June left more than 80 people dead and thousands of homes razed down.
Five other staffers working with United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations accused of involvement in the violence were reportedly released on August 16.