Myanmar court jails former opposition official accused of insulting Buddhism

December 17, 2014 2:04 PM

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YANGON (Reuters) - A prominent former official with Myanmar’s main opposition party was detained on Wednesday and faces charges of insulting religion, which stemmed from a speech intended to discourage extremist interpretations of Buddhism, his lawyer said.

Htin Lin Oo, a writer, was dismissed from his post as an information officer for the National League for Democracy (NLD) after an excerpt from a speech he gave in October was shared widely online, prompting accusations he had attacked Buddhism.

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