UN seeks details on employees sentenced in Myanmar

August 28, 2012 04:18


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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is seeking information on three people working for the world body who were sentenced by a Myanmar court in connection with sectarian violence there earlier this year, a UN spokesman said on Monday.

"The country team in Yangon has received information that a court in Maungdaw has sentenced three people - one from the UN refugee agency, one from the World Food Program and a third person who works for a partner organization of the refugee agency," spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

"At the moment, we don't have any formal information from the authorities, although we have asked for that," he said.

The three convictions, Nesirky added, appeared to be in connection with the violence in June in the Rakhine state in the country formerly known as Burma.

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