The Shwebo court found the six inmates guilty of live-streaming the protest inside the prison, while the prison employee was sentenced for smuggling the phone into the jail, U Zaw Tun, the prison’s assistant director, said.
“The prison employee will also be dismissed from service,” he said.
Inmates at several prisons across the country held nearly simultaneous protests last week over what they felt was the unfair selection of the over 23,000 prisoners who were granted pardons by President U Win Myint as part of the celebration of the Myanmar New Year.
The Shwebo prison protest, which started last Wednesday, resulted in the deaths of four prisoners and the injury of two more.
“We seized the phone. The prison employee sold it to the inmates,” U Zaw Tun alleged, adding that the prisoners had paid the employee K500,000 (US$320) for the phone.
The Shwebo inmates also accused prison staff of corruption and asked authorities to investigate.
Among the prisons taking part in the protests were Myitkyina, Pathein, Hpa-an, Kalay, Thayawaddy, Dawei and Shwebo.
Authorities are investigating whether someone orchestrated the protests because it was the first time that such a protest had been held.