Wednesday, March 14, 2012

China protests to Myanmar over killing of Chinese civilian

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- China said Tuesday it has lodged an official protest with Myanmar over the killing of a Chinese civilian by two Myanmar soldiers who crossed into China earlier this year.
"The Chinese side has lodged solemn representations with the Myanmar side asking it to quickly find out the truth, punish the murderers and compensate the bereaved families," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin told a regular news briefing.
Liu's comments appear to be the first confirmation by Beijing of the soldiers' execution-style killing of Lahpai Zau Lawn, a 53-year-old ethnic Kachin farmer, on Jan. 12 in an area bordering Myanmar in southwestern China's Yunnan Province.
He was shot at close range in the abdomen and head, Kachin News, a Thailand-based website, reported in January.
"A photo of Lahpai Zau Lawn's corpse provided by his family supports their conclusion that he was struck in the face with a butt of a gun before being killed," the website report said.
(Mainichi Japan) March 14, 2012


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