Seven Myanmar soldiers who were jailed for killing 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys were released early, media reports.
Several sources including two prison officials and two former fellow inmates confirmed to a news agency that the soldiers had their sentences cut short. They were reportedly freed last November, less than a year into the 10-year term they received.The seven soldiers were the only security personnel the military has said it has punished over the 2017 operation in Rakhine, which drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.
The 2017 military operation in Rahkine forced the exile of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh as soldiers pillaged and burned entire villages. Women and girls were gang raped by soldiers during the crackdown. The U.N. has called for several of Myanmar’s military leaders to face charges of genocide.