Myanmar's junta handed down death sentences on Wednesday to seven Dagon University students in Yangon who participated in anti-regime demonstrations.
Dagon University Students’ Union revealed that Ko Khant Zin Win, Ko Thura Maung Maung, Ko Zaw Lin Naing, Ko Thiha Htet Zaw, Ko Hein Htet, Ko Thet Paing Oo, and Ko Khant Linn Maung Maung were condemned in closed hearings by a military tribunal.
Former military officer and Global Treasure Bank branch manager Saw Moe Win was allegedly shot and killed in April. The seven suspects were apprehended in April.
The University Students' Union Alumni Force's Ko Nan Lin denounced the punishments as unjust.
"We are really concerned for the safety of our seven colleagues," he stated, noting that the junta executed four pro-democracy campaigners despite international petitions and public protests.
Since the coup in February 2021, the administration has utilized the death penalty to scare opponents as it fights to maintain control over the country.
It hung veteran activist Ko Jimmy, Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, former National League for Democracy politician Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, and activists Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura Zaw in July, the country's first execution in four decades. Since then, it has imposed additional death sentences.
Approximately one hundred dissidents, including students, professionals, and medical personnel, have been sentenced to death.