Burmese Extremist Buddhist Monk Released

A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar notorious for anti-Muslim remarks has been released from prison on Monday after the junta has dropped charges against him.

Ashin Wirathu was detained by the National League for Democracy (NLD) government last year after being held in custody for more than seven months.

After being charged with sedition under section 124A of the penal code in 2019 for speeches criticizing Aung San Suu Kyi, Wirathu hid. He surrendered just days before the election in November 2020.

A man who campaigned for Wirathu’s release said that the charges for the monk had been dropped.

“The 124A charge has been dropped. And other legal cases regarding his finances have been settled too,” said the Wirathu supporter, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

A spokesperson for the Myanmar Military Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun said that the case was already closed.

“The plaintiff against U Wirathu is the Yangon regional government,” he said.

 “The case was closed, and he was released this evening… He is still receiving medical treatment at the Tatmadaw Hospital,” he said.

In 2013, Time Magazine dubbed Wirathu “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”

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