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Protests In Myanmar As Thailand Issue Myanmar Citizens Death Sentences

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Hundreds of people in Myanmar protested for a fifth day against death sentences handed down in Thailand to two Myanmar men – seen by many as scapegoats – convicted of killing two British backpackers. A Thai court last week sentenced Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin to death for the murders of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, whose bludgeoned bodies were found on the Thai island of Koh Tao in September 2014. Aljazeera has more:

Witheridge had also been raped.  Both men say they are innocent and that police tortured them to force them to confess. Protests have also been staged at border crossings, and last weekend Myanmar’s powerful and influential army chief called for the case to be reviewed. The sentiment was echoed on the streets of Yangon on Tuesday.

“We do not believe justice was served by the Thai court. We are asking them to review the case,” said Nay Myo Wai, a politician who supports the Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha, which led the protest. The Thai Embassy in Myanmar said its consular section will be closed for the entire week because of the “unexpected and prolonged demonstrations” that make it hard to access the entrance. “We intend to fight for justice for the two Myanmar men in Thailand,” said U Pamaukka, a senior monk and Ma Ba Tha member.

Protesters say the two men did not deserve the death sentence in a case that has raised many unanswered questions about police conduct. The killings have sullied Thailand’s reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system after the defence accused police of bungling their investigation and using the men as scapegoats – a charge Thai authorities deny.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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