Reuters has published details of an investigation into a mass grave in Myanmar's Rakhine State that led to the arrest of two of its journalists and potential charges under the Official Secrets Act.
The report quotes a retired Myanmar Army soldier who claims he helped dig a mass grave for 10 Rohingya Muslims who were killed by Buddhist villagers and soldiers in Inn Din.
Myanmar journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo face up to 14 years in a Myanmar prison after being accused by the government of "illegally (acquiring) information" after gathering testimony on the alleged massacre.
Their bylines are on the report, which disputes key details of the Myanmar's military own account of the killings. The account marks the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated in violence against the Rohingya by testimony from security personnel themselves, Reuters said.
Government spokesman Zaw Htay told CNN Myanmar would investigate the abuses if "strong and reliable primary evidence" was provided. "And then if we found the evidence is true and the violations are there, we will take the necessary action according to the law," he said.
More than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017, bringing with them stories of mass murder and destruction at the hands of the country's military.
Myanmar's military has repeatedly and vehemently denied any deliberate violence against civilians in the Rohingya-majority Rakhine State, claiming it has been conducting a battle against a militant insurgency in the country's west.