Three sent to Jail for insulting Lord Buddha in Myanmar

Yangon (Myanmar), March 17: A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced three people including a New Zealand national and two Burmese to two years in jail for insulting Lord Buddha in the country.

The trio were sent to prison for posting an online advertisement that contains an image of Lord Buddha wearing headphones to promote a programme.

The court said that image insulted the Buddhism and violated the religion act. 

The ad was posted in December on Facebook page of the VGastro bar and restaurant in Yangon. The Buddhist groups had protested the ad demanding immediate action against the accused.

The police arrested Philip Blackwood (32), the general manager of the restaurant, U Tun Thurein (40), the Bar owner, U Htut Ko Ko Lwin (26), the Bar manager. Philip is the New Zealand national.

Apart from two years imprisonment for violating country's religion act, they were also slapped with additional six months jail term for illegally operating the bar at night.

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