UN says two employees released from detention in Myanmar

The three had apparently been convicted in connection with the violence in June in the Rakhine state in the country formerly known as Burma, the United Nations said.

UN says two employees released from detention in Myanmar

World Bulletin / News Desk

The United Nations said on Tuesday that two people working for the world body who were sentenced by a Myanmar court in connection with sectarian violence there earlier this year had been released, but a third remained in detention.

"We welcome the release and we hope that the one person remaining in detention will be released," spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. He gave no further details.

The United Nations said on Monday that a court in Maungdaw had sentenced three people -- one from the U.N. refugee agency, one from the World Food Program and a third person who works for a partner organization of the refugee agency.

The three had apparently been convicted in connection with the violence in June in the Rakhine state in the country formerly known as Burma, the United Nations said.

Police in Myanmar arrested 30 people last month in relation to the vigilante killing of 10 Muslims that helped spark days of sectarian violence in Rakhine state in which at least 80 people were killed and tens of thousands were displaced.

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