A Baptist pastor was sentenced to six years in prison in Myanmar
A court in Myanmar has sentenced the former president of the Kachin Baptist Convention Hkalam Samson, who was arrested and detained by the country's junta in December, to six years in prison despite calls from the United States government for his release.
A court in Myitkyina sentenced Rev. Samson under the Unlawful Association Act, the Penal Code and the Terrorism Act, according to the United Kingdom-based rights group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
Samson, who now serves as Chairman of the Kachin National Consultative Assembly, was arrested on charges of meeting with members of an ethnic armed group and holding a prayer meeting with members of the parallel civilian government of Myanmar, also known as Burma.
The Southeast Asian country is home to the world’s longest Civil War, which began in 1948. The conflict zones are along Myanmar’s borders with India, Thailand and China.