DKBA accuses couple of being witches, executes them on the spot

December 10, 2008

HURFOM : A married couple in Myawaddy Township, Kawkareik District was accused of practicing black magic and executed by soldiers of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) on November 20th, say local sources.

At 6:30 pm, a group of soldiers led by Saw Leh Aye second commander of Battalion No. 907 entered the village and called out to the victims to come outside their home. When the victims did not comply Saw Leh Aye and two soldiers entered the house and stabbed U Tee War, 52, in the chest and stomach with a bayonet. He died on the spot. Saw Leh Aye and the soldiers than dragged Daw Kin Mu, 50, from the house and stabbed her at least twice with the bayonet. Both bodies are buried at the site.

“They killed the victim because the DKBA commander believed that U Tee War and his spouse have evil magic power. He thought U Tee War and his wife Daw Kin Mu were witches. Everyone knows that U Tee war was just a traditional medic and his wife was a normal person. I don’t know how the DKBA commander thought this to kill them,” said a Karen man, 28, who resides in the village.

“I have lived in this village for many years, but I never heard of this couple having magic power. I just heard that after the couple was killed. They have lived in this village very peacefully,” said a Karen woman, 55, also from the same village.

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