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Political prisoners in Myitkyina get an extra three and a half years behind bars for prison riot

The 13 prisoners have been held in solitary confinement since they were targeted in a crackdown on unrest more than a month ago

Junta authorities have added three and a half years to the sentences of 13 political prisoners in Myitkyina Prison following a deadly crackdown on unrest, according to an advocacy group.

In a statement released on Monday, the Political Prisoners’ Network-Myanmar (PPN-M) said the 13 prisoners have all been held in solitary confinement since violence erupted inside the prison last month.

“They have been held in solitary since April 19 and were only allowed to shower after spending a month alone in their cells,” Thaik Tun Oo, a member of PPN-M’s central executive committee, told Myanmar Now.

This came a day after prison officers killed at least five prisoners and injured several others when they used extreme force to suppress a riot, according to PPN-M.

The prisoners being held in solitary confinement were sentenced to an additional three and a half years behind bars for “destruction. . .

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