Two Islamic teachers charged over a deadly fire in a madrasa in downtown Yangon have been sentenced to eight years in prison for negligence.

On April 24, Botahtaung township court sentenced U Zay Yar Phyo and U Khin Maung Aye to six years each for causing death by negligence and two years for negligence in relation to a fire.

The fire broke out at the school on 48th Street in Botahtaung township in the early hours of April 2, 2013, claiming the lives of 13 boys who had been sleeping on the premises. U Zay Yar Phyo and U Khin Maung Aye were arrested shortly afterward. At a press conference held on the day of the fire, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe told reporters that the two teachers had been responsible for the fire.

Final arguments in the case were heard on March 26. A verdict was expected on April 8 but it was delayed first to April 11 and then put back until after water festival. – Translation by Thiri Min Htun