Myanmar court jails NZ bar manager, colleagues for insulting religion

March 17, 2015 7:42 AM

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Myanmar court jails NZ bar manager, colleagues for insulting religion

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Tuesday jailed a New Zealand bar manager and two Myanmar colleagues for two and a half years for insulting religion by using a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones to promote their bar.

The case comes amid a surge in Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar - which emerged in 2011 from half a century of military rule - with monks forming groups aimed at promoting the country's Buddhist character.

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